Syrian regime forces arrested an engineer in Hama governorate on January 10

A man, named as Abdou Muhammad al Asaad, born in 1967, an engineer specialized at generating electricity stations and the former operating manager of al Zara station in the southern suburbs of Hama governorate, from Hanjour village which is administratively a part of Misyaf city in southwest Hama governorate, was arrested by criminal security forces of the Syrian regime on January 10, 2022, for accusations of criticizing poor living conditions and corruption in Syrian regime-controlled areas on Facebook account and taken to the criminal security branch in Hama city.
The engineer was charged with the generalized accusation of “weakening the nation’s psyche” and a number of other charges related to the regime’s cybercrime law, which the regime uses as a pretext to arrest citizens and employees in its own institutions for criticizing the poor living conditions in areas under its control.
SNHR notes that these charges are based on vague terms which allow the regime to apply them to any individuals, who can be arrested, tortured and sentenced on the basis of ill-defined terms that can be subject to various types of interpretations. These laws are closer to security provisions in nature than to legitimate legislation since they fundamentally violate the spirit of the law, with the vast majority of legislative articles issued by the Syrian regime (through the People’s Assembly which is wholly subservient to the regime leadership) blatantly contradicting international human rights law, and restricting freedom of opinion and expression to an alarming degree.
SNHR confirms the lack of any freedom of opinion and expression in Syria in light of the absolute intrusion by the regime’s security services into every detail of citizens’ lives, emphasizing that the Syrian regime relies on a policy of censorship and of stifling media coverage of the reality of events in the country, with these violations, which affect even its loyalists, employees and supporters, being perpetrated in tandem with its killing, arrest and forcible disappearance of the vast majority of dissidents in the areas under its control. It is impossible for any Syrian citizen to attain even the most fundamental rights without achieving a political transition in Syria towards democracy and human rights.

Syrian regime arrested an engineer in Hama in Syria on 10-1-2022