Samer Saleh Al-Solloum

Source: SNHR

Samer Al-Solloum (35) was an activist in the popular uprising from Kafranbel town in the southern suburbs of Idlib city, Syria. He was in charge of the printing and distribution of political magazine Al Gherbal, as well as a children’s publication, at the time of his disappearance.

He was taken from his residence by gunmen affiliated with Hay’at Tahrir al Sham on December 26 of 2017, following a raid on his residence in Kafranbel city.

He was taken to Uqab Prison in the southern suburbs of the govern-orate, where according to other activists he was tortured. In August 2019 his family received information confirming that Samer had been executed by a gunshot in April 2019.

A recent report by the Syrian Network fro Human Rights (SNHR) reveals that nearly 2,000 Syrians are still forcibly disappeared by Hay’at Tahrir al Sham extremist organization, which has cloned the policy of the Syrian regime’s security services in detaining citizens without a warrant or clarifying the reason for the arrest or the party carrying it out, and of preventing the presence or operation of any fair and independent judiciary.

The report notes that this is a standard tactic used by the Syrian regime, which not only conceals the fate of about 83,000 Syrian citizens, but withholds information from the relatives of those in this group who have been already killed.

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Date of Killing:01/04/2019

Previous Threats:No information

Type of Work:Journalist/communicator

Organisation:Al Gherbal Political Magazine

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:Civil and Political Rights

Sector Detail:Abuse of power/corruption, Citizens' rights

More information:Front Line Defenders

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