Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

Fears for Turkish journalists in Syria

27 March 2012

Turkish journalists Adem Ozkose and Hamit Coskun went missing while reporting on current events in northern Syria . They were in Syria, close to the Turkish border , on 10 March when they last made contact with colleagues. It is believed that they have been subject ed to enforced disappearance, put ting them at risk of torture and ill-treatment.

Government Uses Homs Tactics on Border Town, Indiscriminate Shelling, Sniper Killings, Attacks on Fleeing Residents

(New York, March 22, 2012) – Syrian security forces are committing serious abuses in their military campaign on al-Qusayr, a city of approximately 40,000 in Homs governorate near the Lebanese border, Human Rights Watch said today. Witnesses describe heavy shelling of residential neighborhoods, snipers shooting residents on the streets, and attacks on fleeing residents.

Two men released, fate of others unknown

22 March 2012, Amnesty International

Muhammad Yassin Al Hamwi and Shaker al-Masri have been released . They had been detained incommunicado since their arrest on 23 September 2011. Muhammad Muhammad Al Hamwi and Ahmad Kuraitem , also arrested the same day , and Abd al-Akram al-Sakka, held since 15 July, remain subjected to enforced disappearance.

Fears for Syrian human rights lawyer: Abdullah al-Khalil

22 March 2012

Amnesty International

Human rights lawyer Abdullah al-Khalil is being held in incommunicado detention at an unknown location where he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. He has not been seen since he was arrested on a street in al-Raqqa, eastern Syria, on 3 February. Abdullah al-Khalil, who is 50 years old, is a well-known lawyer who represents political prisoners and prisoners of conscience.

Incommunicado detention of Mr. Saleh Shameya

21 March 2012

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary arrest of Mr. Saleh Shameya, a prominent lawyer, member of the board and head of the legal department of the National Human Rights Organisation-Syria (NOHR-S) in Idleb. Mr. Shameya has been involved in assisting victims of human rights violations, working on penal reform and strongly denouncing conditions of detention in Syria.