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Al-Qamishli: Hunger strike in a PYD prison

KurdWatch, December 18, 2015—On December 3, 2015, the Asayiş, the security forces of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), released Siwar Khalaf Biro, a member of the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî), after two weeks. Biro was abducted from his workplace in al‑Qamishli on November 22, 2015 by Asayiş employees. He was first kept in a prison in ad‑Darbasiyah, where he started a hunger strike with six other activists: Haitham Haso, Muhammad Hasan, Sarbast Fahim, Kazim Ahmad, ʿIzzudin Mula and Farhad Kamal. Also participating in the hunger strike were Kamiran Shaiku, who has kidney disease, and ʿAbdulghani Qari. On December 2, Biro was moved to al‑Qamishli. He told KurdWatch that the strike continued after his release. He also said that he met a total of eleven people in both prisons who had been abducted by the Asayiş in the last four weeks during demonstrations of the Kurdish National Council.

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