Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

Arrest and enforced disappearance of a respected poet

Deyaa Al Abdullah, a known poet and writer, was disappeared by the Syrian Political Security forces on 29 June 2011. His family has no news from him since this day. Thirty eight years old, Al Abdullah usually lives with his family in a village named Al Tha’lah in the Al Swedah region. He is a known poet and the author of a number of publications. He was already detained due to his writings in 1999, only being released nearly a year later following a general amnesty, without any judicial procedures having been opened against him.

Lebanon: Alkarama commends Lebanon release of wrongfully-detained Syrian refugees

Lebanon: Alkarama commends Lebanon release of
wrongfully-detained Syrian refugees

All Syrian refugees detained by the Lebanese authorities for
being in the country illegally have been released this week. Following their
release, Prime Minister Mikati declared on Arab television channel Al-Arabiya
that his government will "look at the issue of Syrian refugees … from a
purely humanitarian angle, away from politics".

Syria: Extra-judicial killings continue in Syria

 Syria: Extra-judicial killings
continue in Syria

Alkarama is concerned at the ongoing
widespread violation of human rights in Syria. On 14 June 2011, we submitted a
new communication regarding a further 80 people who have been extra-judicially
executed by the security forces, some dying under torture to the Special
Rapporteur on Extra-judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions. Alkarama was
also able to collect information regarding three individuals who died under
torture, including two minors, as described below:

Syria – Enforced disappearance of Mr Mohammad Al-Ashtar since 13 May 2011

Mr Mohammad Al-Ashtar is aged 38 years and works as a
bricklayer. He is married with seven children and usually lives with his family
in Al Mazare’ region, Al Rastan, Homs, Syria. On 13 May 2011, Mr Mohammad Al-Ashtar went to the Al Rastan
Police Station – Muderiatte Al Mintaka – to file a complaint regarding the
theft of personal items. He was immediately arrested, before being enforced
disappeared.