Syria: A statement about SRD arresting activists in Raqqa.

Eight Syrian organizations calling for immediate release for four activists in Raqqa.

As a violation of the basic human rights, and as a further step to undermine the basic and public freedoms; the SDF intelligence agency has arrested four civilian activists in Raqqa city in the northeast of Syria.

They are:

1.   Jamal Mabrouk “1985”, arrested on 12 Feb 2020 in Suaidia Kabeer village for the second time. Jamal Mabrouk is the former coordinator of Furat program. Al-Mabrouk was arrested for the fisrt time on Oct 2019, and has been released later on.

2.   Nizar Al Okla: “1976”. Arrested on 26 Feb 2020 in Kasra village. Nizar is the CEO of Future Makers Team in Raqqa.

3.   Ahmad Mousa Alhashloom: “1985” arrested for the second time on 29 Feb 2020 in Raqqa city. Ahmad is the CEO of “Enmaa Alkaramah” organization.

Alhashloom was arrested for the fisrt time on 17 Aug 2019, and has been released later on.

4.   Omar Khalaf Alkhamri: 1978, arrested on 3 March 2020. Alkhamri is the CEO “Together for Al Jarniah” organization. Alkhamri is suffering from a serious disease that require him to take medications regularly.

SDF and its affiliated bodies have regularly persisted narrowing on the organizations working in the civil affairs, by the frequent arresting their activists/workers and by the unjustified delaying of granting the work permits; in addition to the regular and systematic intervention in the civil organizations’ business through establishing a labors office that NGOs obligated to hire staff from it, which negatively impacted the work and the civil activities that Raqqa province hugely need to recover from the war effects.

We, the organizations that signed this statement, deeply worried about the practices carried out by SDF and its bodies like arresting the activists and workers in the civil affairs; in addition to that, the continuity of these practices will push further for more complications and more smoldering on the domestic level.

The SDF must do the following:

  1. Explain and clarify the legal bases that the arresting and the detention measures based on; and publish it in very simple and understandable vocabularies for all the citizens, especially the detentions that include the civil activists
  2. The arresting operation must be done by authorized forces based on a warrant issued from a judicial body.
  3. The detainees must have the right of contacting their lawyers and relatives as quickly as possible. They must be informed of the reasons behind the arresting, and ensure that the right of the stand before the judge will be during a short period of time, and the charges must be pressed also in a short period of time after the arresting; otherwise, they have to be released immediately.

Finally, we are calling the organizations, domestic bodies, international bodies, and all the international supports for the SDF, including the US and coalition, to participate in exert pressers to stop all the human rights violations throughout the SDF controlled area in the northeast of Syria.

The signed organizations are:

  1. The Syrian Campaign.
  2. Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression
  3. Syrian for Truth and Justice.
  4. Syrian Network for Human Rights.
  5. Syrian Center for Legal Studies and Researches.
  6. The Day After.
  7. Justice for the Life.
  8. Urnammu for Justice and Human Rights.