Saturday, October 24, 2009

Free Mr. Ibrahim Burro

On Wednesday 21/10/2009 Mr. Ibrahim Burro, member of the Political Committee, Kurdish Yekiti Party in Syria, was sentenced to one year in prison which was then reduced to eight months, according to the barrister Mahmoud Omar, Member of the Board of MAF Human Rights Organisation in Syria. Mr. Ibrahim Burro was invited by State Security Intelligence on 29.4.2009 under the pretext of a discussion about a brother in Europe. He does not have a brother in Europe. He was questioned for three days and was then accused of belonging to a ‘secret organisation’, which is punishable under Article 288 of Syrian Penal Code.

We in International Support Kurds in Syria Association – SKS - call for Mr. Ibrahim Burro’s immediate release, and for the abolition of laws that have made his arrest possible. Syria has been under Emergency Law for more than 45 years, and this has allowed the Government to arrest and detain people arbitrarily. This Emergency Law stands in the way of justice. Kurds in Syria have the right to speak out against injustice, and to do this through organised peaceful political and humanitarian groups. This is recognised as a basic human right.

Sheila Mosley

Co-Chair – SKS

Co-Chair: Khalaf Dahowd

International Support Kurds in Syria Association [SKS]