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Five Kurdish political detainees released
from prison in Syria
January 4, 2010
QAMISHLI, Syrian Kurdistan,— Syrian
authorities released Jalal Yusef Ez al-Din,
originally from the Kurdish town of Amuda, from
prison on Friday 25 December 2009. He had been
arrested on 25 March 2009,www.ekurd.netand
was sentenced by the Criminal Court in Hassakeh city
along with four others on 28 May 2009 to serve one
year in prison for political activity. Jalal Yusef
Ez al-Din was released after serving nine months in
The following people were released after a court
hearing in Qamishli on Tuesday, 29 December 2009:
■ Rojin Jumaa Rammo, was born in 1969 in Turbaspiya.
She was arrested by political security in Aleppo on
29 July 2009. Her case was no. 3485;
■ Afrah Mohammed Musa, was born in 1975 in Hasakah
city. Her case is no. 3486;
■ Falak Naz Khalil, born 1968 in Deyrik. Her case
was no. 3486;
■ Mohammed Khalil Khalil born in 1960 in Deyrik. His
case was also no. 3486.
More than 2 million Kurds live in Syria, comprising
nine percent of the population. They have long
sought official recognition of the Kurdish language
The Kurds live in Syria (Syrian Kurdistan), mainly
in the north bordering Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan
region. They comprise nine percent of the population
and have long sought official recognition of the
Kurdish language and their culture.
Future Movement advocates democracy and equal rights
for Syria's one million Kurdish minority. The
Kurdish language is not allowed to be taught in
schools and tens of thousands of Kurds were denied
citizenship after a 1960s census.
Freedom of expression remains tightly controlled in
Syria, and security forces have sweeping powers of
arrest and detention.
A total 1,500 people were arrested for political
reasons in 2007 and hundreds more who were arrested
in previous years remained in detention,www.ekurd.netaccording
to rights group Amnesty International's 2008 report.
Syrian Committee for Human Rights – MAD
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