Asayish forces release two KNC politicians northeast Syria


PYD-affiliated Asayish security forces in Syria's Qamishli. File photo

ARA News

Two members of the Kurdish National Council (KNC) were released from an Asayish prison in Girkelege (Al-Muabbada) town in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah governorate.

Hussein Sulaiman, a member of the KNC-linked Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (KDP-S) was released on Monday. Sulaiman was arrested by the Asayish police on 9 February.

The Asayish forces –affiliated to the Rojava’s Self-Administration led by the Democratic Union Party (PYD)– also released KDP-S member Ahmad Aloci who was arrested on 2 February.

Nevertheless, the KNC says several other members are still in prison, beside Yekiti media journalist Alan Ahmed, who was arrested on 15 August 2016 during the funeral of a Peshmerga fighter who died in the Mosul operation.

However, most KNC politicians who were arrested on 15 August were released by the Asayish, including six KNC members who were freed on 8 February.

According to the laws of the Self-Administration of Northern Syria–Rojava, any protest or activity needs a permission from the local administration.

However, the KNC does not recognize the local administrations and refuses to ask their permission for holding protests or other political or cultural activities. As a result, tensions have ensued and several members of the KNC have been arrested by the Self-Administration’s Asayish forces in the past.

“Anyone that accepts the Self-Administration can work in Rojava [Syria’s Kurdish region],” co-Chair of the PYD Salih Muslim said in a conference in London on 22 November. “I promise anyone who apply for permission to work in Rojava, they will be free to do whatever they like there.”“We have to work all together and bring all the parties to the table to establish some balance in Rojava,” he said.

In June 2014, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report accusing the local security forces of harassment and arbitrary arrests of Kurdish politicians opposed to the PYD, such as members of the KDP-S, Yekiti Party and the Azadi party. “Human Rights Watch heard credible allegations of dozens of similar arbitrary arrests,” the HRW said.

However, in 2014 the PYD denied holding any political prisoners and said “the men whose cases we documented were arrested for criminal acts, such as drug trafficking and bomb attacks.”

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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