On October 2009 a young Kurdish man, Kefkhesh Yassin Adnan, was sentenced to three months in prison and a fine of Syrian pounds for inciting sectarianism – because he was wearing a necklace ‘suspected of being similar to the Kurdish flag’, according to Kurdish Committee for Human Rights – al-Rasd/Monitor at http://kurdchr.com
Bahjat Mohammed Ali Baki, a man in his fifties who was married in Amouda town was arrested by Political Security on 20 October 2009. He has been called in several times this year to talk with Political Security according to his family.
Manal Ibrahim Ibrahim, born in Qamishli in was arrested on October 2009 by Political Security forces. She has been active in the women’s movement Setar.
Rojhat Subhi Mustafa, born in in Jenders, Afrin was arrested by security forces on October 2009. His whereabouts are still unknown.
On Wednesday, October 2009 the Supreme State Security Court called a special session to consider the case against each of the following young Kurds:
Khalid Shukri Omar, born in , arrested 9 February 2006
Farhad Mohamed Mohamed
Jegger Mohammad Sheho born in , arrested on January 2007
Safqan Rashid Khalo born in , was arrested on February 2006
Rashid Rashid born in 1958, arrested on February 2006.
The session was devoted to the case for their defence only, and it was then adjourned until November 2009
Also on October 2009, Nasser Ahmed Mohammed, born in in Qamishli district, a second year student at the Health Institute, Department of Radiology. He was arrested in Damascus on 6 August 2009 by Political Security forces, and his trial was postponed until 1 November 2009.
We at International Support Kurds in Syria Association – SKS – ask that the international community recognises that the continuing State of Emergency laws allow the Syrian authorities to detain these Kurds as political prisoners for long periods of time without trial. We ask that this and other human rights abuses are prioritised in any discussions with the Syrian Government.
SKS – http://supportkurds.org