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Al-Qamishli: Two Yekîtî members charged for participating in demonstration

KURDWATCH, May 1, 2011—On April 26, 2011, Nawaf Hasan Rashid (b. 1959, seven children) and ʿAbdulhakim Shukri Husayn (b. 1973), members of the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî), were released from custody. The two activists were arrested on April 23, 2011 by the State Security Service in al-Qamishli. The next day they were transferred to the criminal police authorities in al-Hasakah, where they were beated and tortured for their participation in the dissident demonstration on April 22 in al-Qamishli. They were called traitors and tortured with blows to the face and other body parts. Subsequently, they were presented to the criminal court judge in the first instance in al-Qamishli. Based on the new right to demonstrate, Nawaf Hasan Rashid and ʿAbdulhakim Shukri Husayn were charged with participating in an unauthorized demonstration and with membership in an illegal association. [Further information on the case]

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