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Five Kurdish political detainees released from prison in Syria  4.1.2010 





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 prison.

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 and culture.

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.  

Submitted by Khalaf Dahowd
Syrian Committee for Human Rights MAD

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