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Damascus: Kamal Shaykhu admitted to hospital

KURDWATCH, March 4, 2011—The student, journalist, and human rights activist Kamal Husayn Shaykhu was transferred from the ʿAdra prison to a hospital in Damascus. Shaykhu has been on a hunger strike since February 16 and has had water since February 26. Shaykhu, who has been detained since June 23 of last year, hopes this will force his release. It is currently unclear whether he will be able to take part in the next hearing at the Second Criminal Court in Damascus on March 7. Charges pursuant to Article 286 have been raised against Shaykhu. [Further information on the case]

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