Syrian Democratic Forces arrested a civilian in western Raqqa governorate on June 14

A man born in 1995, Omar Wadihi al Muhammad from al Tabaqa city in the western suburbs of Raqqa governorate was arrested by Syrian Democratic Forces personnel on June 14, 2022, during a raid on his home in al Thani neighborhood in the city after he criticized the low level of service in the national hospital in Raqqa city on his personal page on the social media platform ‘Facebook’. He was taken to an undisclosed location.

SNHR notes that his family weren’t informed of the arrest, his phone was confiscated and he wasn’t allowed to contact his family. We fear he might suffer torture and become forcibly disappeared, as has happened with 85% of detainees.

SNHR calls for financial and psychological restitution for all victims and their families, as well as for an end to all arbitrary detention and for the fate of thousands of individuals forcibly disappeared by Syrian Democratic Forces to be revealed. We note that these arrests are carried out with the objective of spreading fear and terror in the community and blackmailing the detainees’ families. We have additional, well-founded fears for the detainees’ wellbeing due to the spread of COVID-19.

Syrian Democratic Forces arrested a civilian in western Raqqa governorate on June 14