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Mohammad H. had been searching for news of his older brother, believed to be imprisoned in Syria, when he stumbled across his own name and found out he was a wanted man.Zaman al-Wasl says it has some 1.5 million names of people requested for arrest by the regime, which it has compiled into a database that individuals can search for specific entries.Mohammad found his own name, along with his sister's. Fadel Abdul Ghany from the Syrian Network for Human Rights said it's nearly impossible for Syrians outside the country to try to seek further information about their arrest request without endangering others.Sara Kayyali, a Syrian researcher at HRW, said the requests could pose a significant risk for Syrians planning to return to the country.HRW has also documented cases where Syrians have paid bribes to generals in a security branch to lift the request, but then they would go back to Syria and not be heard from again.
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