Front Line is deeply concerned following reports that human rights defender and writer Karam Ibrahim Yousef was shot in the head on 20 March 2008. Karam Ibrahim Yousef has written extensively in defence of the human rights of the Kurdish community in Syria.
Posted 17/04/2008 On 20 March 2008, Karam Ibrahim Yousef was reportedly shot in the head by Syrian Security Forces whilst photographing the national Kurdish celebrations for their traditional new year, Nawrooz, in the city of Qamishli. He was hospitalised for his injuries and has recently been released, although his condition remains critical. While no charges have yet been brought against him, he is currently being subject to regular interrogations by the authorities.
Front Line believes that the attack against Karam Ibrahim Yousef is related to his legitimate human rights activities, in particular his work to defend the rights of the Syrian Kurdish community. Furthermore, Front Line believes that this attack represents part of a trend of escalating intimidation and acts of hostility against human rights defenders in Syria. Front Line is concerned for the physical and psychological integrity of Karam Ibrahim Yousef and fears that he may be subject to ill-treatment during interrogations.