Civilian arrested by Syrian regime forces in Aleppo city, January 15, 2023

Izzat Mohammad Mohammad, a man from Qarmtlaq village, which is administratively a part of Afrin city in northwestern Aleppo governorate, who currently lives in al-Shahba area in northern Aleppo governorate, was arrested on January 15, 2023, by personnel from the Syrian regime’s Political Security division at a checkpoint in Aleppo city, while he was on his way from al-Shahba area, which is controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), to the regime-controlled territories in Aleppo city. He was taken to a regime detention center in Aleppo city.

The arrest was made without the presentation of any court-issued legal arrest legal warrant, and the detainee’s family was not informed of his arrest, while his phone was seized and he has not been allowed to contact his family or a lawyer.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights is concerned that he may be subjected to torture in detention and may go on to become yet another case of enforced disappearance, with 85% of all those detained falling into this category.

We call for the provision of both material and moral reparations for the victims and their families, 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 Syrian regime forces. We have serious concerns about their fate.

Civilian arrested by Syrian regime forces in Aleppo city, January 15, 2023