HTS arrests a civilian in northern Idlib governorate, January 23, 202

Abdul Razzaq Abdul Razzaq, a man born in 1961 from al-Atareb city in the northern suburbs of Aleppo governorate, was arrested on January 23, 2023, by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) personnel, after he was summoned to one of the group’s courts in Sarmada city in the northern suburbs of Idlib governorate in connection with his criticism on Facebook of the imam of a mosque in HTS-controlled territories. He was taken to an undisclosed location.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) note that Abdul Razzaq’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 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 HTS.

HTS arrests a civilian in northern Idlib governorate, January 23, 202