According to Syrian Committee for Human Rights – MAD, a Kurdish conscript Issa Baki Khalaf , born 1991 in the Kobani area was killed whilst engaged in compulsory military service with 15th platoon stationed in Adra province. His family received his corpse on Sunday 10 January 2010, and they were told that he had committed suicide by shooting himself. He had complained of ill-treatment and the severity of corporal punishment inflicted by a senior officer in a telephone call to his family the day before they received the news of his death.
Syrian Committee for Human Rights- MAD has previously issued statements expressing concern about the increasing number of Kurds killed as serving soldiers in the Syrian army, under the pretext that they have committed suicide. We continue to demanded that this series of deaths is investigated, so that the families of the conscripts can be reassured about what happened to their loved ones, and those responsible can be brought to justice.
We repeat again that if there is no investigation by the authorities, this will have a negative impact on the relationship between citizens and the military establishment.
Syrian Committee for Human Rights – MAD
Kobani, 14 January 2010
Co-Chair: International Support Kurds in Syria Association [SKS]