On 29 November 2010 the father and brother of human rights defender Mr Ayad Muayyad Salih were released from prison.
Mr Muayyad Salih Ahmed (aged 60 years) and Mr Ra'ed Muayyad Salih (aged 28 years) were held in incommunicado detention at a prison in Mosul for 35 days. At the time of their arrest no warrant was issued, and they were not formally charged.
Ayad Muayyad Salih is an active member of the Iraqi Institution for Development, a local NGO in Nineveh which works voluntarily to defend human rights in cooperation with others including the United Nations Bureau in Iraq. Mr Salih has been engaged in documenting and reporting on violations by the army especially in Nineveh/Mosul.
Front Line welcomes the release of Muayyad Salih Ahmed and his son Ra'ed Muayyad Salih but remains very concerned for the physical and psychological integrity of human rights defender Ayad Muayyad Salih who is remains in hiding since the arrest of his father and brother.