Muhana al Saleh from Raqqa city was arrested by Syrian Democratic Forces personnel on August 10, 2022, as he passed one of their checkpoints in the city. He was taken to an undisclosed location.
SNHR notes that Muhanna’s phone was confiscated, and he hasn’t been allowed to contact any members of 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 the 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.