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Damascus: Dentist detained and tortured

KURDWATCH, May 23, 2012—On May 6, 2012, the dentist and activist Bilind Muhammad Maʿshuq Hamza (b. 1984 in Damascus) was arrested by employees of the State Security Service in Damascus. Until his release on May 12, Hamza was held in solitary confinement; on his first day of detention, he was tortured. Bilind Muhammad Maʿshuq Hamza had already been arrested on July 13, 2011 along with 29 other people at the so-called intellectual demonstration in Damascus. Four days later, the criminal investigation department released him.


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