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Tall Abyad: Approximately one thousand eight hundred people are still being held by the PYD

KurdWatch, October 20, 2015—Arab activists believe that the release of forty‑four people being held by the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) on October 5, 2015 in Tall Abyad (Girê Sipî) [further information] was nothing more but a PR move. The activist Ahmad Haj Salih told KurdWatch: »The people who were released were only arrested so that the PYD could later release them. One prisoner, who spent seventy‑nine days in jail, wasn’t questioned even once. He never learned why he was arrested or why he was released. The detainees either weren’t questioned at all or were asked ridiculous questions. Many prisoners reported that there were no normal interrogations. Instead they were asked only one or two brief questions during their entire time in custody, such as whether they support the IS or know anyone who does.« Salih believes that the PYD only arrested those who have now been released so that they could later claim that people were released from custody if they were above suspicion. He also told KurdWatch that a total of around one thousand eight hundred people from Tall Abyad and the surrounding area remain in PYD prisons in Tall Abyad, Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê) and ʿAyn al-ʿArab (Kobanî). Torture is reportedly used regularly in interrogations. 

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