Syria: 29-year-old musician arrested

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Syria:
29-year-old musician arrested

Musician and composer Wael Adham Alkak, 29, is reported to have been arrested by Syrian authorities on 10 May 2011 at 9 PM at the Syrian-Lebanese border. He has since then been held incommunicado at an unknown location.

According to Freemuse’s source, Wael Adham Alkak was arrested by the Syrian Secret Intelligence Service and taken to a closed court on 15 May 2011. The charges are still unknown, and his family and friends haven’t heard anything from him since the day of his arrest.

Wael Adham Alkak is a music composer who plays in several orchestras and bands. He studied classical music and percussion at the Damascus Conservatory of Music. In 2010, after serving the military service, he moved to Lebanon but kept on working as a musician in Syria.

Author and editor arrested
On 12 May 2011, the 66-year-old writer and editor-in-chief Najati Tayara who was covering the protests which are currently taking place in Syria was arrested and is also now held incommunicado at an unknown location. The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International consider him to be at risk of torture and ill-treatment.

He was arrested in the city of Homs after he gave a telephone interview for Aljazeera TV on the crackdown by Syrian forces on peaceful protesters in the town. His whereabouts are unknown and he has no contact with his family or lawyers.

Human Rights Watch reported on a number of lawyers, human rights activists, and university students who have been detained.


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