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STOCKHOLM - Skyline International calls for the immediate release of civil society activist "Nour Al-Shilo" who was arbitrarily detained by Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham, a militant Salafi-jihadi group involved in the Syrian civil war.

Al-Shilo is a widow and a breadwinner mother of three children in her late twenties. She was arrested on 15 September 2020 by Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham in the western countryside of Aleppo. 

Skyline indicates that "Shilo" has been known for her humanitarian and human right work, and has worked in a number of local media outlets as well as women's rights organizations in the countryside of Aleppo and Idlib.

Media outlets have reported the past few days about HTS’ issuing a death sentence against Al-Shilo, after she was accused of collaborating with the international coalition and the Syrian regime.

The Media Relations Office of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham issued a statement attempting to discredit the activist Al-Shilo by claiming her involvement in “a number of criminal and ethical cases” and other cases that are under investigation, without mentioning these cases.

Skyline states that the unlawful arrest of Al-Shilo without any due judicial procedures and the failure to provide convincing evidence of the accusations presented against her detention raise concerns that she was detained on retaliation grounds due to her human right activities.

Moreover, Skyline stresses that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is not a judicial or governmental body until it decides to condemn any Syrian citizen. Also its repeated violations have dropped its legitimacy years ago. Moreover, its agenda contradicts the main Syrians' issue of freedom and dignity.

Previously, Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham had without clear charges arrested dozens of media and civil society activists and released a number of them later. Activists living in areas controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham suffer from its domination on all aspects of life .They also suffer from harassment, persecution, arrest and violations such as beatings, insults and torture.

Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham was formed in early 2017, and it is a coalition of armed Sunni Islamist groups opposing the Syrian government, led by the previously known group "Fatah al-Sham Front" or "Al-Nusra Front."

Skyline urges human rights and international organizations to move promptly to save the life of the activist "Al-Shilo" and to secure her release as her unlawful detention is unlawful and violates human rights international conventions and treaties.

Skyline emphasizes that Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham must reform the detention procedures and judicial procedures to ensure that detainees are not subjected to ill-treatment and guarantee all the necessary rights for fair trials, including their access to the necessary legal representation.