After being arrested for four months | Authorities in areas of the “Autonomous Administration” release a civil activist • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

After being arrested for four months | Authorities in areas of the “Autonomous Administration” release a civil activist

SOHR activists have reported that local authorities of the “Autonomous Administration” have released the activist “Hellen Ismail” after she was arrested by the Internal Security Forces and the Women’s Intelligence nearly four months ago, where she was arrested from her father’s pharmacy in Al-Raqqa city.

The activist previously worked as director of the employment office in Al-Raqqa before leaving work to help her father with his pharmacy.

In a special appeal by her parents to SOHR regarding “Helen Ismail”, who worked as the manager of employment office in Al-Raqqa before leaving her job to help her father, who has special needs, with his pharmacy, where her father demanded the authorities to release his daughter as she is the only breadwinner for the family and the only one to support his special needs.

On July 11, SOHR activists reported that the young woman “Hilin Ahmed Ismael”, who is younger than 20 years old, was still arrested by the Women’s Intelligence, where she was kidnapped in front of her father’s pharmacy in Al-Na’im Square in Al-Raqqa city at midnight of June 14, 2022.

According to reliable SOHR sources, the young woman has no political issues or records, and she worked as an administrative figure in the Civil Administration in Al-Raqqa in 2017-2020. However, she fought against any violations that contradict freedom and dignity as she criticized the policy of the “Autonomous Administration” as one of her rights, making her subject for monitoring and led to her sudden arrest.

SOHR holds the Autonomous Administration in northern and eastern of Syria the responsibility of keeping Hilin safe, in addition to demanding her instant release and calls to:
• Caring about her psychological condition, especially with the deterioration of her health.
• Revealing her whereabouts so that her parents are allowed to visit her
• Taking into consideration that she is the only provider for her family, which consists of her father the pharmacist Ahmed Ismail, who suffers permanent disability
SOHR relies and depends on the understanding of the Autonomous Administration and its awareness that criticism in the first milestone for repair.
We at SOHR would show our gratitude to the “Autonomous Administration” for its commitment to the universal principles of human rights, especially towards women who suffered wars, intimidation and oppression by ISIS cells in Al-Raqqa, and held responsibility in difficult conditions.