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Damascus: Detainees begin hunger strike

 KURDWATCH, March 15, 2012—According to information from the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî), Ibrahim Biro (member of the Yekîtî politburo and member of the Executive Committee of the Kurdish Patriotic Conference), Muhammad Yusuf (member of the Executive Committee of the Kurdish Patriotic Conference), Salih Sufi (member of the Syrian-Kurdish Democratic Reconciliation [Rêkeftin] politburo) as well as the two smugglers arrested with them have been on a hunger strike since March  7, 2012 [further information on the case]. The group was arrested on February 6, 2012 while attempting to illegally cross the Iraqi-Syrian border. Following their arrest, the detainees, who are currently being held in the Political Security Directorate’s al‑Faihaʾ remand prison in Damascus, were turned over to the Military Intelligence Service in Damascus, which then transferred them to the Political Security Directorate. The detainees are demanding a swift transfer to the al‑Qamishli prison, a measure that the Political Security Directorate has already ordered, but has not yet been carried out.

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