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ʿAfrin: El‑Partî members in PYD‑custody are brutally tortured

KURDWATCH, September 26, 2013 – On September 7, 8 and 9  2013, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) kidnapped numerous members of ʿAbdulhakim Bashar’s Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria (el‑Partî) [further information]. A dozen party members remain in custody, including Jigar Jaʿfar Hammu, Mustafa Shaikh Saʿidi, Bayazid Maʿmo, Siamand Brimo, Saʿid ʿIso, Murad Nabi Hasan, ʿAbdo Halabi, and ʿAdnan ʿAlo. Hammu and Saʿidi are accused of responsibility for the explosion in front of the PYD‑office in ʿAfrin on August 22, 2013 [further information]. According to statements by el-Partî, the detainees are subjected to brutal torture. An el‑Partî member stated to KurdWatch: »The PYD releases ten people, but that same night dozens more are kidnapped.«

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