Aspiring for civil peace, ending up in detention



ARA News

Qamishli, Syria− More than one year have passed since the Syrian security forces arrested the Kurdish activist and journalist Haitham Hisso.

In December 2012, Hisso was captured by the military division of the Syrian security at the Turkish borders, near the city of Tel Abyad in Raqqa province. 

Since the start of the popular uprising in Syria, March 2011, Hisso was active in the media field by providing international media outlets with footages on the anti-regime demonstrations in his hometown of Qamishli, northeast Syria. 

According to sources, Hisso was transferred from military division of security in Raqqa city −where he was detained for months− to the Palestine prison in Damascus. His transfer came one day before the rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) could control the city. 

After spending few months in Palestine prison −known for its hard conditions for detainees− Hisso was moved to the central prison of Adra, in Damacus suburb. 

A member of Hisso’s family told ARA News that they were not allowed to visit him since the time he was first arrested. 

“We were even denied the right to hire him a lawyer to defend his case,” Hisso’s family member said, preferring anonymity. “We are awaiting a fair trial for Haitham (Hisso).” 

Hisso, born in 1980 in the city of Qamishli, was studying Arabic Literature in Damascus University before the war conditions prevent him from continuing his academic education.

According to activists, Hisso participated in an initiative launched by a civil youth group to maintain civil peace in the multi-ethnic city of Qamishli and to raise awareness among the city’s residents (Kurds, Arabs, Syriacs, Assyrians and Armenians) concerning the potential danger of the ongoing war in Syria on the social components of the relatively secure area in Syria’s northeast.  

Thousands of civil activists and journalists are detained by the Syrian regime since the start of the crisis. Despite the continuous appeals by regional and international NGOs, the destiny of most of the detainees is unknown. 


Reporting by: Miran Qamishlo 

Source: ARA News


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