SDF arrests a civilian in southern Hasaka governorate, January 14, 2023

Fadel al-Abdullah, a 35-year-old man from al-Soor town in the northern suburbs of Deir Ez-Zour governorate, was arrested on January 14, 2023, by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) personnel at a checkpoint while he was on his way to the sheep market in Markada city in the southern suburbs of Hasaka governorate. He was taken to the SDF’s General Security center in al-Shaddadi city in the southern suburbs of Hasaka governorate.

The Syria Network for Human Rights (SNHR) notes that Fadel’s phone was seized and he was not allowed to contact his family. SNHR is concerned that he may be subjected to torture in detention and may go on to become yet another enforced disappearance case, with 85% of all those detained falling into this category.

We call for the provision of reparations for the victims and their families, both materially and morally, and call on all parties to put an end to all arbitrary detentions whose only purpose is to spread mass fear and extort people. We also call for revealing the fate of the thousands of persons forcibly disappeared by the SDF.

SDF arrests a civilian in southern Hasaka governorate, January 14, 2023