Syria: Kurdish singer Bave Selah released



Kurdish singer Bave Selah released

Bavê Selah was released on 5 March 2011, according to

‘Abd al-Rahman Mohammed ‘Omar, also spelled Abdulrahman Omer, and known by his artist name Bavê Selah, has received phone calls from many friends asking how he is. According to he is fine, and he thanks everyone for their concern and support, including Amnesty International that ran a letter-writing campaign for his release.

His arrest and release follows a similar case of the singer Zozan Mohammed Shekho, a Kurdish resident of Sere Kanieh in Hasaka province, who was arrested on 16 October 2010 by security authorities in Hassakeh. The public prosecutor in Aleppo accused her of ‘inciting sectarianism’ pursuant to Article 397 of the Penal Code.

Sixteen other people were named in the same case and charged with the offence of belonging to a banned political association. They were released after three days of detention in October, and a military judge in Qamishli decided to release the singer on 2 January 2011.

The Kurdish Organisation for Defending Human Rights and Public Freedoms in Syria – DAD – and the Syrian Committee for Human Rights – MAD – condemned these arrests. According to the organisations, the arrests are “outside the framework of the law and control of the judiciary, and without appropriate documentation.”

The organisations call on the security agencies to stop these practices, for independent judicial oversight, for the lifting of the State of Emergency, for the abolition of special courts, and for respect of modern legislation to govern political life in Syria.

Bavê Selah

Zozan Shekho