SNHR has briefed the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances on the case of the citizen, Abdul Mun’em al Mahmoud, from Tadmur city in the east of Homs governorate, electronic maintenance technician, who was aged 45 at the time of his arrest. SNHR urged the UN body to demand that the Syrian authorities release him immediately. Mr. Al Mahmoud was arrested arbitrarily on February 18, 2015 in a raid on his workplace in al Awsat neighborhood in Tadmur city by the Syrian Regime’s Military Security forces. His fate remains unknown to SNHR as well as his family.
The Syrian authorities have denied any connection with the disappearance of Abdul Mun’em al Mahmoud. SNHR has been unable to determine his fate, as have his family members, who fear that they may be arrested and tortured themselves if they continue to ask about his whereabouts and fate, as has happened in numerous previous cases.
SNHR has called on the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearance to intervene and to demand that the Syrian authorities release Mr. Al Mahmoud immediately, as well as to expedite investigations into the fate of thousands of other forcibly disappeared citizens whose whereabouts and current conditions must also be revealed.