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KURDWATCH, September 18, 2014—On August 29, 2014, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) released Jigar Jaʿfar Hammu. Fighters for the PYD’s People’s Defense Units (YPG) kidnapped the member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK‑S) on September 7, 2013 in ʿAfrin [further information]. Shortly after his release, the Asayiş, the PYD’s security service, informed his family that Hammu had to leave the country otherwise he would be »detained« again. Hammu complied with the demand a few days later. An acquaintance told KurdWatch: »Hammu was severely tortured while in captivity.«

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KURDWATCH, September 18, 2014—On August 29. 2014, the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), banned the sale and re-letting of apartment buildings and lots in al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa). The ban was announced in a flyer distributed throughout the city. Anyone who moved to al‑Jawadiyah after the beginning of the unrest is requested to apply for a residence permit at the PYD’s People’s House by September 1, 2014. In addition, newcomers must produce a sponsor who was a resident of the city prior to March 2011.

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KURDWATCH, September 16, 2014—On August 28, 2014, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), kidnapped the twenty-one-year-old student Parishan Taha Haj Mustafa from her parents’ home in ʿAmudah. A family member told KurdWatch: »Parishan’s parents were not home when employees of the Asayiş kidnapped her. There are several eyewitnesses that saw the Asayiş’s vehicle. However, when we asked, the Asayiş stated that it knew nothing about Parishan’s whereabouts«. The reason behind the kidnapping is unknown.

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KURDWATCH, September 13, 2014—On August 31, 2014, the Syrian Army fired upon the Arab district of Ghuwayran in al‑Hasakah with surface-to-surface missiles. Prior to this, negotiations lasting several weeks took place between armed units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Islamic State located in the district and the regime and the Democratic Union Party (PYD). These negotiations are now considered a failure. [Further information on the situation in Ghuwayran].

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KURDWATCH, September 13, 2014—On September 3, 2014, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), invaded several houses in the village of Dugir, seven kilometers west of al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî), and kidnapped a total of five people. Those in question are Ahmad Gharbi ʿAbbas, Siamand ʿAbdulhamid ʿAbbas, Kawa Muhyiddin ʿAbbas, Sulayman ʿAli Salih, and Jufayn Hasan Saʿdu. The kidnapped victims have close ties to the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK‑S).

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KURDWATCH, September 13, 2014—On September 4, 2014, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), stormed the house of ʿAbdulʿaziz Tijo in the village of Tall ʿAdas (Gir Zîro), ten kilometers east of al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê). The Asayiş searched the home of the member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK‑S) and prohibited the continuation of a PDK‑S political seminar that takes place there.

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KURDWATCH, September 13, 2014—On September 4, 2014, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), stormed several houses of members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK‑S) in the village of al‑Mustafawiyah, eight kilometers north of al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê). Hazim ʿAbdulbaqi Hamdu, Matin Muhammad Ismaʿil, and Jalal Ramadan Hasam were kidnapped when they refused to turn their family registers over to the Asayiş.

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KURDWATCH, September 9, 2014—On August 13, 2014 employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party  (PYD), kidnapped ʿUthman Mahmud Mustafa from his house in Bendar. The 60 year-old is the mayor of a village close to Shuyukh Tahtani, around 30 km south of ʿAin al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). After his eyes were bound, several people took turns beating him up. In the early morning of August 14 he was released onto a country road. ʿUthman Mahmud Mustafa is affiliated with the PYD, but he has tried several times to voice his own opinion, for example, he spoke out against the conversion of a village school into a barracks for the People’s Defense Units (YPG) and took a position against the levying of fees on the water supply by the PYD.

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KURDWATCH, September 6, 2014—On August  and August 27 2014 in ʿAmuda and the surrounding area employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), tried to collect family registers in order to use to them as a basis to compile recruitment lists for persons between eighteen and thirty years of age. A number of families refused to hand over their family registers. The Asayiş also tried to get access to the registers in al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê). A father from Rumaylan, about one and a half kilometers southwest of al‑Maʿbada told KurdWatch: »Employees of the Asayiş tried to dupe me. They said they needed the family register to help find jobs for the unemployed.«

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KURDWATCH, September 6, 2014—On August 23, 2014 employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), searched the house of Muhammad Billi (married, eight children) in the village of Muzayrib (Şerek), around fifteen kilometers southeast of al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik). They confiscated a firearm they found in the house and detained Muhammad Billi for several hours. Billi is a member of the Kurdish Democratic Party – Syria (PDK‑S). Likewise, the houses of Hasan Ahmad Shawish (married, six children) and his brother Husayn Ahmad Shawish were also raided. The Asayiş confiscated two firearms and kidnapped the two men. Hasan was released on August 24, Husayn on August 25. According to information from KurdWatch, the PYD is attempting to disarm people who are not members of the PYD.

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