Tahsin al-Najm, an internally displaced man from al-Tabaqa city in western Raqqa governorate, who currently lives in al-Mayadeen city in the eastern suburbs of Deir Ez-Zour governorate, was arrested on January 21, 2023, by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) personnel during a raid on his workplace, a tailor’s shop in the first neighborhood in al-Tabaqa city. The SDF also seized all the contents of the shop, which he owns. He was taken to an undisclosed location.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights notes that Tahsin’s phone was seized, and he has not been 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 urge 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.