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Damascus: PYD functionary released from custody

KURDWATCH, February 16, 2011—On February 9, 2011, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) functionary ʿIsa Ibrahim Hisu was released from custody at the Political Security Directorate’s al‑Fayhaʾ pretrial prison in Damascus. Following his arrest on October 16, 2010, Hisu was initially transferred to the State Security Service in Damascus where he was detained for a month. He and forty-nine others were held in a cell that was so narrow that the detainees had to sleep pressed close together. Hisu was subsequently moved to the Political Security Directorate in Damascus, where he was first held in a windowless, 80 by 180 centimeters wide solitary cell in the basement. Since the first of the year he had been sharing a cell with fourteen other prisoners. Hisu was arrested for taking part in a PYD congress in Iraqi Kurdistan in September 2010. No charges have been filed. [Further information on the case]

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