SNHR has briefed the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances on the case of the student, Hasan Ismail Hamido, from Mennegh town in the northern suburbs of Aleppo governorate, a student in the third year of his secondary education, who was aged 18 at the time of his arrest. SNHR urged the UN body to demand that the Syrian authorities release him immediately. Mr. Hamido was arrested arbitrarily by Syrian Regime military security forces on December 20, 2012, while passing through a checkpoint manned by Syrian Regime forces on the Damascus-Daraa International Road. His fate remains unknown to SNHR as well as to his family.
The Syrian authorities have denied any connection with the disappearance of the student Hasan Ismail Hamido. 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. Hamido 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.