Updated: Assyrian Journalist Khlapieel Bnyameen Detained by KRG since October 31

Updated: Nov 15, 2019


The Assyrian Policy Institute is deeply concerned by the arrest of well-respected Assyrian journalist William Bnyameen Adam, known publicly as Khlapieel Bnyameen, whose investigations have been critical of the human rights record of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Bnyameen was detained on October 31 by Asayish (KRG intelligence forces) in Zakho, Iraq when returning from a 2-week trip to northeastern Syria. Bnyameen was on assignment in Syria documenting the impact of the Turkish incursion on the local Assyrian community for an upcoming documentary by Assyrian National Broadcasting. He was later transferred to Dohuk where he has been held largely incommunicado. Concerns have been raised of his wellbeing, as Bnyameen has previously received direct threats from members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party for his work.

Update (11/12/19): The API has been closely monitoring the case of journalist Khlapieel Bnyameen. We are in direct contact with his family regarding his condition and can confirm they have been able to visit him. According to family sources, Khlapieel is well. At this time, Khlapieel's legal counsel is working to secure his conditional release. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide important updates.

Update (11/12/19): The API can confirm that Khlapieel Bnyameen was released from prison at 9:00pm local time in Dohuk, Iraq. Read more about his arrest and detention here.

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