Title Syria: 1. Please provide some background information on the demographics, economics and politics of Syria. 2. Please provide information on "Palestine Camp" in Damascus. Please provide information on "Rukneddin" in Damascus. 3. Please provide information on the level of political freedom and freedom of speech in Syria. 4. Please provide information on Mr Abdul Halim Khaddam. Please provide information on Mr Khaddam's politics, his portfolio and any controversies he may have been associated with. 5. Did Mr Abdul Halim Khaddam quit the Baath party or was he dismissed? What were the circumstances of his defection/dismissal and were there controversies associated with that? 6. Was Mr Abdul Halim Khaddam dismissed from the Party because he was the only Sunni Muslim? 7. Is there any information on whether Mr Abdul Halim Khaddam was declared a traitor, and that he wanted to cooperate with the Americans? 8. Please provide information on the present status and circumstances of Sunni Muslims in Syria. 9. Deleted. 10. Deleted. 11. Please provide information on the "Political Intelligence" or other security or intelligence agencies in Syria, including their political activities and whether they extend to harassment, detention, and torture of suspected political opponents. 12. Please provide information on the interrogation methods used by security police and agencies in Syria. Do they use "rubber tyre torture"? 13. Deleted. 14. Deleted. 15. Please provide information on whether someone who claims to have been arrested as an opponent of the ruling regime in Syria would be expected to experience difficulties or delays in obtaining a Syrian passport. 16. Please provide information on measures taken by the Syrian government to prevent political opponents or people it suspects support the opposition from leaving Syria. 17. Please provide information on whether opponents of the governing regime in Syria would be likely to be permitted entry to Jordan and general information on the procedure for the entry of Syrian nationals to Jordan. 18. Please provide information on the level of corruption in Syria and whether there are any reports of prisoners paying large bribes to secure their release from prison in Syria.
Publisher Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal
Publication Date 24 November 2010
Country Syrian Arab Republic
Topics Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment | Freedom of expression | Freedom of information | Freedom of speech | Muslim | Palestinian | Persecution based on political opinion | Political groups | Political parties | Political situation | Refugee camps | Sunni
Citation / Document Symbol SYR37688
Cite as Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal, Syria: 1. Please provide some background information on the demographics, economics and politics of Syria. 2. Please provide information on "Palestine Camp" in Damascus. Please provide information on "Rukneddin" in Damascus. 3. Please provide information on the level of political freedom and freedom of speech in Syria. 4. Please provide information on Mr Abdul Halim Khaddam. Please provide information on Mr Khaddam's politics, his portfolio and any controversies he may have been associated with. 5. Did Mr Abdul Halim Khaddam quit the Baath party or was he dismissed? What were the circumstances of his defection/dismissal and were there controversies associated with that? 6. Was Mr Abdul Halim Khaddam dismissed from the Party because he was the only Sunni Muslim? 7. Is there any information on whether Mr Abdul Halim Khaddam was declared a traitor, and that he wanted to cooperate with the Americans? 8. Please provide information on the present status and circumstances of Sunni Muslims in Syria. 9. Deleted. 10. Deleted. 11. Please provide information on the "Political Intelligence" or other security or intelligence agencies in Syria, including their political activities and whether they extend to harassment, detention, and torture of suspected political opponents. 12. Please provide information on the interrogation methods used by security police and agencies in Syria. Do they use "rubber tyre torture"? 13. Deleted. 14. Deleted. 15. Please provide information on whether someone who claims to have been arrested as an opponent of the ruling regime in Syria would be expected to experience difficulties or delays in obtaining a Syrian passport. 16. Please provide information on measures taken by the Syrian government to prevent political opponents or people it suspects support the opposition from leaving Syria. 17. Please provide information on whether opponents of the governing regime in Syria would be likely to be permitted entry to Jordan and general information on the procedure for the entry of Syrian nationals to Jordan. 18. Please provide information on the level of corruption in Syria and whether there are any reports of prisoners paying large bribes to secure their release from prison in Syria., 24 November 2010, SYR37688, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4dd0f3402.html [accessed 1 August 2014]
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