A media activist and reporter for SY+, named as Ahmad Mustafa al Hasan, from Kabsh Gharbi village in the northwestern suburbs of Raqqa governorate, was arrested by Syrian Democratic Forces personnel on June 16, 2021, as he was passing through a checkpoint in Raqqa city over his criticism of the poor service condition in the city with is controlled by SDF, published on his Facebook account. Following his arrest, Ahmad was taken to an undisclosed location.
SNHR notes that no member of Ahmad’s family was informed of his arrest or whereabouts, with his phone being confiscated, preventing him from contacting his family. 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.
We can confirm that at least 3,796 Syrian citizens are still detained or forcibly disappeared in the SDF’s detention centers, constituting a grave threat to the detainees’ wellbeing, given the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.