Yahya Shurbaji is a member of a group called Shabab Daraya (Youth of Daraya), a town on the outskirts of Damascus. Operating since 1989, the group has organized a variety of activities, such as awareness-raising campaigns to fight bribery and littering and a silent march against the US-led invasion of Iraq in May 2003.
According to a witness, persons believed to be members of Syrian Air Force Intelligence arrested Yahya Shurbaji and his brother Mohamed Shurbaji on 6 September 2011, together with three other members of the group, including Ghayath Mattar, who is believed to have been killed in custody after his body was returned to his family three days after his arrest. Mazen Shurbaji, Yahya Shurbaji’s cousin, was arrested a few days beforehand, on 3 September 2011. A fourth relative, journalist and blogger Nabil Shurbaji, had gone into hiding soon after the arrest of his family members, but was eventually arrested by agents of Air Force Intelligence at a checkpoint in Daraya on 26 February 2012.
The whereabouts and legal status of Yahya Shurbaji remains unclear as he has been held in incommunicado detention since his arrest.
Source: Human Rights Watch