Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

Detained Syrian human rights defenders report torture

Amnesty International 26-April-2012

Concern is growing for three human rights defenders being held incommunicado at a military base near Damascus, amid reports they may be facing ongoing torture, Amnesty International said. Hani Zitani, Abd al-Rahman Hamada and Mansour al-Omari are being held in the town of al-Mo’damiya outside the capital, at a base run by the Fourth Armoured Division, under the de facto command of the Syrian president’s brother Maher al-Assad.

Continued incommunicado detention and deterioration of heath conditions of Messrs. Mazen Darwish, Hussein Ghareer, Abdelrahman Hamada, Mansour Al Omari and Hani Zetani

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the continued incommunicado detention and deterioration of heath conditions of Mr. Mazen Darwish, President of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), and his colleagues, blogger Mr. Hussein Ghareer, Mr. Abdelrahman Hamada, Mr. Mansour Al Omari and Mr. Hani Zetani, as well as the arbitrary detention of journalist Ms. Yara Bader, the wife of Mr. Darwish, blogger Ms. Razan Ghazzawi, Ms. Mayadah Khaleel, Ms. Sana Zetani and Messrs. Bassam Al-Ahmad, Joan Farso and Ayham Ghazzou, all also SCM members, and a visitor to the SCM, Ms. Hanadi Zahlout.

Kamal Saloum Released on Bail

April/12/2012 Amnesty International

Kamal Saloum was released on bail on 26 March. He had been arrested on 11 February 2012 and held incommunicado since then. He is now on trial on charges related to his contacts with international media outlets and speaking out against the Al-Assad government.