Syrian Democratic Forces carried out raids in Rmailan town in the northeastern suburbs of Hasaka governorate on February 7, 2021. SNHR has documented that six teachers were arrested for using a curriculum different to the one imposed by the SDF in the areas under the group’s control, and taken to an undisclosed location.
SNHR notes that none of the detained teachers’ family members were informed of their arrests, with their phones being confiscated, preventing them from contacting their families. SNHR fears that they will be subjected to torture and ultimately classified as forcibly ‘disappeared’ like approximately 85 percent of the individuals detained in Syria.
SNHR notes that about 3,398 Syrian citizens are still detained or forcibly disappeared in the SDF’s detention centers, constituting a grave threat to their wellbeing given the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.