Detainee Sara Al-Alaou has been Forcibly-Disappeared by Syrian Authorities in Adra Central Prison

Sara Al-Alaou was forced to confess that she practiced sexual jihad

Sara Al-Alaou

Enforced-disappearance is still a systematic policy that the Syrian authorities enforce in a widespread manner. According to the monthly report published by SNHR, there are more than 1000 new arbitrary arrest cases every month, many of those detainees have been forcibly-disappeared (according to the international law, enforced-disappearance occurs when a person is imprisoned by state authorities followed by a refusal to acknowledge the person’s fate or whereabouts after a period of time has passed since his arrest. In our methodology, we estimate this period of time to be 40 days.)

Between the beginning of 2014 and June 2016, five women detainees from Adra central prison have been forcibly-disappeared by the Syrian authorities as their fates is still unknown to their family as well as to us.
We have issued a number of statements on the practices of enforced-disappearance that women detainees suffer from. There is an alarming fear that those detainees and tens of thousands of forcibly-disappeared persons (no less than 58,000 civilians are forcibly-disappeared according to SNHR detainee archive) will face sentences that were secretly issued by the military field-court and will be executed by the Syrian regime. Usually, these sentences are death.

Sara Khaled Al-Alaou, from Al-Bokamal city in Deir Ez-Zour governorate, born in 1994, is a student at the medical institute in Damascus University. On Monday 10 June 2013, she was arrested from the campus of Damascus University by security forces and was transferred to a security branch in Damascus city. We couldn’t find out anything regarding her fate. Also, the Syrian authorities haven’t revealed any information about her to her family as she has been forcibly-disappeared.

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