Yousef Mohammad Salama al Rashed, a 42-year-old man from al Qouriya city in the eastern suburbs of Deir Ez-Zour governorate, who had been living in the Ghuwayran neighborhood of Hasaka city, was arrested by Syrian Democratic Forces personnel on January 28, 2022, in a raid on his home in the neighborhood, and taken to a detention center in the city. On February 19, 2022, the Syrian Democratic Forces informed his family that he had died, releasing his body to his family from a hospital in Hasaka city. SNHR has obtained information confirming that he was in good health when arrested, which means it’s very probable that he died due to torture and lack of healthcare inside one of the SDF’s detention centers in Hasaka.
SNHR stresses that at least 3,817 Syrian citizens are still detained or forcibly disappeared in the SDF’s detention centers, and fears for their fate.
We note that at least 71 Syrian citizens have been documented as dying due to torture inside the Syrian Democratic Forces’ detention centers.