On November 6, 2023, personnel from the Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) Military Police intensified their arrests of civilians at one of their checkpoints, al-Khattaf Checkpoint in Manbij city in eastern rural Aleppo governorate, for the purpose of conscription. The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) documented the arrest of four civilians who were taken to an SDF recruitment center near Sad Tishreen in rural Aleppo governorate.
SNHR notes that the detainees’ phones were seized following their arrest, and they have not been allowed to contact their family.
SNHR is concerned that those detained may be subjected to torture in detention and may go on to become enforced disappearance cases, with 85% of all those detained in Syria 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 on the SDF to reveal the fate of thousands of people forcibly disappeared at its hands.