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Damascus: Law student released following torture

KURDWATCH, April 8, 2012—On March 27, 2012, the activist and law student Rodi ʿAbdurrahman ʿUthman (b. 1987 in al‑Qamishli) was released after twelve days in custody. He was arrested on March 15, 2012 by employees of the State Security Service in Damascus. While he was in custody, he was subjected, among other things, to electric shocks, whippings, and canings; he was also beaten on his back with the butt of a rifle. ʿUthman had already been arrested several times. He was first arrested during the course of the unrest in the Kurdish regions in 2004. Detentions followed in May and August of 2011. Most recently, the activist was detained for 120 days in the ʿAdra prison near Damascus. Following his release, Rodi ʿAbdurrahman ʿUthman fled to Jordan.

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