Amnesty International is
urging Syrian authorities to reveal the whereabouts of a
Kurdish folk singer apparently detained for promoting
traditional Kurdish music amid fears he could be at risk
of torture and other ill-treatment.
‘Abd al-Rahman Mohammed ‘Omar, popularly known as Bave
Selah, was reportedly last seen accompanied by Syrian
security agents at Aleppo hospital, north-west Syria, in
"‘Abd al-Rahman ‘Omar is not
known to be affiliated with any political organization
and his arrest may be based solely on his promotion of
traditional Kurdish music," said Philip Luther, Amnesty
International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and
"If this is the case, he would be a
prisoner of conscience and Amnesty International would
call for his immediate and unconditional release."
The family of ‘Abd al-Rahman ‘Omar fear the singer,
who suffers from diabetes and was confined to his bed at
the time of his arrest on 24 January, could be being
denied regular medication for his condition.
'Abd al-Rahman Mohammed 'Omar a popular traditional
Kurdish folk singer has been held incommunicado in
‘Abd al-Rahman ‘Omar is a popular artist who
regularly attends international music festivals and
concerts. He has been arrested in the past for his
involvement with traditional Kurdish music.
comprise up to 10 per cent of the population of Syria
where they face systematic
discrimination,www.ekurd.netincluding restrictions on
the use of their language in schools and a ban on
producing and circulating Kurdish music.
people have reportedly died in custody in Syria since
January 2010, possibly as a result of abuse. The
government has not indicated publicly whether the deaths
are being investigated.