Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

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.

Syria -general amnesty- fails to free hundreds detained after protests

Syria ‘general amnesty’ fails
to free hundreds detained after protests

 A new “general amnesty” announced in Syria falls far short of the
political reforms called for by protesters, Amnesty International said today. According to the state news agency SANA, the amnesty will apply to chronically
ill prisoners as well as those held for some criminal offences committed before
yesterday, including theft and smuggling. It will not affect hundreds of people
being held for their involvement in peaceful political protests.

Syria – enforced disappearance of Syrian young activist since 14 May 2011

Syria – enforced disappearance of Syrian young activist
since 14 May 2011

Mr Anas Al Shugri is aged 22 years, from Al-Bayda village in
Banyas, and a third-year university student in economics. Mr Al Shugri was
arrested on 14 May 2011 and there has been no news of him since. The Syrian
authorities deny Mr Al Shugri’s arrest and detention and therefore Alkarama
submitted Mr Al Shugri’s case to the UN Working Group on Enforced or
Involuntary Disappearances on 15 July 2011.

SYRIAN PRISONER RELEASED, BROTHER STILL HELD

SYRIAN PRISONER RELEASED, BROTHER STILL HELD

Abd al-Rahman Hammada was released on bail on 27 June 2011
after spending a month and a half in detention. He was reportedly tortured
during the first two weeks of his detention. His brother Wa’el Hammada has been
held incommunicado since his arrest on 12 May. Amnesty International is gravely
concerned for his safety.