敘利亞 – 英國籍公民遭收押禁見,恐遭刑求

敘利亞 – 英國籍公民遭收押禁見,恐遭刑求

個案編號:UA 90/09
聲援對象:Maryam Kallis (女),36 歲,英國籍
聲援期間:2009 年 3 月 30 日 – 6 月 17 日 (逾期請先向 AI 秘書處查詢)

Maryam Kallis在4月23日二度獲准會見英國駐敘利亞Damascus (大馬士革) 領事館人員,同時有敘利亞當局在場,地點在大馬士革Kafr Sousa地區的拘留所。領事館人員在送來食物、盥洗用具等物品到拘留所時,獲准探視她,時間大約15分鐘。

目前仍不清楚羈押Maryam Kallis的是哪一個治安單位,顯然在羈押期間她已經被移送到多處不同地點。

Maryam Kallis在與領事館人員會面時顯得十分虛弱、疲乏。敘利亞當局告知,她在羈押期間由一名醫師為她進行定期治療。她已被羈押 46 天,至今仍未被以任何罪名起訴,其遭羈押的原因也仍未公開。

國際特赦組織仍對Maryam Kallis的健康狀況高度關切。她仍有遭刑求及其他虐待之危險。她仍無法獲准會見家屬或取得法律代表的協助。

背景資訊:

Maryam Kallis於3月5日自英國抵達敘利亞,在2009年3月15日遭逮捕之前與姐妹同住。她回到敘利亞是為了接回她的 3 個孩子,他們與她的姐妹同住在大馬士革,年齡在 5 到 8 歲之間。她原先預計在3月底與孩子們一起回到倫敦,但在大馬士革的Rukna al-Din區遭到約10名便衣人員逮捕。她當時和 8 歲的兒子在一起,這些人將 Maryam Kallis 和她的兒子押回她姐妹的公寓,沒收她和她孩子們的護照,然後將她押走。

請儘速寄出信件,表達下列訴求:(可用英文、阿拉伯文、法文或漢文)

  • 呼籲當局立即無條件釋放 Maryam Kallis,或儘速透過公平審判以法定合理罪名將其起訴;
  • 敦促當局保障 Maryam Kallis 不受刑求或任何其它虐待。
  • 歡迎 Maryam Kallis 二度獲准會見英國領事的消息,並要求當局允許駐大馬士革的英國官員定期探訪她,要求當局立即准許會見辯護律師和家屬。

請寫信給:

總統
His Excellency Bashar al-Assad
Presidential Palace
Al-Rashid Street
Damascus
Syrian Arab Republic
傳真:+ 963 11 332 3410
稱謂:總統閣下/Your Excellency
   
內政部長
His Excellency Major General Bassam Abdel Majid
Ministry of Interior
'Abd al-Rahman Shahbandar Street
Damascus
Syrian Arab Republic
傳真:+963 11 2223428
稱謂:部長閣下/Your Excellency
   
國防部長
His Excellency General Hassan Ali Turkmani
Ministry of Defence
Omayyad Square
Damascus
Syrian Arab Republic
傳真:+963 11 223 7842
稱謂:部長閣下/Your Excellency
   
司法部長
His Excellency Muhammad al-Ghafari
Ministry of Justice
Al-Nasr Street
Damascus
Syrian Arab Republic
傳真:+963 11 666 2460
稱謂:部長閣下/Your Excellency

PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 24/012/2009 6 May 2009Further information on UA 90/09 (MDE 24/007/2009, 30 March 2009), and update (MDE 24/09/2009, 9 April 2009) Fear of torture or other ill-treatment

SYRIA Maryam Kallis (f), aged 36, UK nationalMaryam Kallis received a second visit from two members of staff of the British Consulate in Damascus on 23 April. The meeting took place in the presence of an officer of the Syrian security forces at a detention centre in Kafr Sousa, Damascus. The Consulate staff were allowed to see her for around 15 minutes, having asked to visit her when delivering food and toiletries, among other items, to the detention centre.

It is not known which security branch is holding Maryam Kallis. She has apparently been moved several times during her detention.

Maryam Kallis appeared frail and fatigued during her meeting with the Consulate staff. According to the authorities detaining her, she is being treated daily by a doctor as an apparently routine measure. She has been held without charge for 46 days and a reason for her detention has not been provided.

Amnesty International remains seriously concerned for Maryam Kallis’ health. She remains at risk of being subjected to torture or other ill-treatment whilst in detention. She continues to be denied access to her family or legal representation.

Background

Maryam Kallis arrived in Syria from the UK on 5 March and had been staying with her sister before her arrest on 15 March 2009. She had returned to Syria to collect her three children, who were staying in Damascus with her sister and who are aged between five and eight years. She intended to return with them to London at the end of March but was arrested by around 10 men in plain clothes in the Rukna al-Din area of Damascus. She was with her eight-year-old son at the time and was taken back with him to her sister’s apartment, where her passport and those of her children were confiscated. She was then taken away to detention.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in English, Arabic, French or your own language:

  • calling on the authorities to release Maryam Kallis immediately and unconditionally unless she is charged with a recognizably criminal offence and given a prompt and fair trial;
  • urging the authorities to ensure that Maryam Kallis is not tortured or otherwise ill-treated;
  • welcoming the news that Maryam Kallis has been given access to British Consulate staff for the second time and urging that she be permitted regular visits from UK representatives in Damascus as well as immediate access to her family and to a lawyer of her choosing.

APPEALS TO:

President
His Excellency Bashar al-Assad
Presidential Palace
Al-Rashid Street
Damascus
Syrian Arab Republic
Fax: + 963 11 332 3410
Salutation: Your Excellency
   
Minister of Interior
His Excellency Sa’id Sammour
Ministry of Interior
‘Abd al-Rahman Shahbandar Street
Damascus
Syrian Arab Republic
Fax: +963 11 2223428
Salutation: Your Excellency
   
Minister of Defence
His Excellency General Hassan Ali Turkmani
Ministry of Defence
Omayyad Square
Damascus
Syrian Arab Republic
Fax: +963 11 223 7842
Salutation: Your Excellency
   
Minister of Justice
His Excellency Ahmad Yunis
Ministry of Justice
Al-Nasr Street
Damascus
Syrian Arab Republic
Fax: +963 11 666 2460
Salutation: Your Excellency
   
COPIES TO: diplomatic representatives of Syria accredited to your country.
   
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY.
Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 17 June 2009.
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