Syrian regime arrested a child in Jdaidet Artouz town in Damascus suburbs on December 29

A 17-year-old boy, named as Rami Zarifah, from Kanaker village in southwest of Damascus suburbs governorate, was arrested on December 29, 2020, by the Syrian regime’s Military Security forces from his workplace in Jdaidet Artouz town in the governorate and taken to an undisclosed location.
The arrest was conducted without any legal arrest warrant being issued by a court, with no member of the boy’s family being informed of his arrest or whereabouts, and with his phone being confiscated, preventing him from contacting his family or lawyer. SNHR fears that he will be subjected to torture and ultimately classified as forcibly ‘disappeared’, like approximately 85 percent of all detained persons in Syria.
SNHR can confirm that at least 130,758 Syrian citizens are still detained or forcibly disappeared in the regime’s detention centers, constituting a grave threat to the detainees’ wellbeing, given the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.