Peaceful political activist
Arrested by the Syrian authorities, on 7 October 2013, in Damascus
His fate and whereabouts remain unknown
Fa’eq ‘Ali As’ad, a political activist with the Syrian Democratic People’s Party, had been targeted by the authorities prior to the current crisis. He was jailed for 10 years in 1989 for his political activities and again in 2006, following which he spent two years in prison for “circulating false or exaggerated news which would weaken the morale of the nation”, under article 287 of the Syrian Criminal Code. He went into hiding in 2010, when Syrian security forces arrived at his house looking for him after arresting a friend of his, Syrian writer Raghda Hassan, who was released in June 2011 as part of a presidential amnesty. He was sentenced in his absence to 15 years’ imprisonment for “weakening national sentiments”, under article 285 of the Syrian Criminal Code. He suffers from hydronephrosis, as well as frequent kidney stones, for which he requires medical intervention and regular monitoring.
Fa’eq ‘Ali As’ad went missing on 7 October 2013 after he left his home in the al-Koussour area of Damascus, a part of the city which was under the control of government forces. He was due to return around an hour later but instead a group of armed men in civilian clothing, believed to be members of the Syrian security forces, arrived at the house. The men indicated that Fa’eq ‘Ali As’ad had been arrested and raided the house but gave no further information about the reasons for his arrest or whereabouts. Fa’eq ‘Ali As’ad has not been heard of since then.
Source: Amnesty International