IS issuing photo IDs to members in Syria’s Raqqa

IS issuing photo IDs to members in Syria's Raqqa
IS issuing photo IDs to members in Syria’s Raqqa

ID being issued to those without other proof of identity; not being issued to women or civilians

The Islamic State group is now issuing photo identity cards in Syria’s Raqqa province, but only to males, along with a range of administrative documents, a monitor and activists said Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS had begun issuing “identity cards to those without proof of identity and boys over the age of 13 in Raqqa province.”

The Britain-based group published a photo it said was provided by civilian sources showing a laminated card printed with the black and white flag of the Islamic State.

It carries the photo of the holder, his name, date and place of birth and his parents’ names, and is marked “Wilayat (district of) Raqqa.”

An activist with the anti-IS “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” group confirmed that IS had begun issuing identity documents.

IS is requesting “that people who do not have identity papers register at the civil registry in the city as a first step towards getting an identity card,” activist Mohamed Saleh told AFP via the Internet.

A man living in Raqqa, told i24news that the ID cards were being issued “only to IS members for the moment,” not yet to civilians.

The ID cards were not available for women “because printing their photos is considered forbidden.”

“People don’t want the cards, but they don’t have a choice,” he said.

Saleh said residents feared the cards would become compulsory for all those in the province, even if they already have other proof of identity.”That’s what happened with their driver’s licences and licence plates… Now there are checkpoints where they make sure you have them,” he said.

Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said issuance of the ID cards follows the introduction of a range of other administrative paperwork, including marriage and birth certificates, drivers’ licences and car registrations.

Land and building registration documents and permits were also being issued, he added.

IS has seized large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq since 2013 and declared a self-styled Islamic “caliphate” in the land under its control.

It has been accused of widespread abuses, including summary executions, torture and slavery.

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media activist from the city of Raqqa, student at the Faculty of Law at the University of the Euphrates. Director of the Media Office of Raqqa, founding member of "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently", founding member of the documentary project of "Sound and Picture". I work in documenting violations committed by Assad's regime and ISIS group and extremist organizations inside the city of Raqqa, as I work in programming, design and visual media. I hold a certificate of coach in digital security, and a certificate of journalist coach, and a certificate in documenting violations against human rights, and a certificate in electronic advocacy. I underwent a training under the supervision of "Cyber-Arabs" in collaboration with the Institute for War and Peace "IWPR", about the management of electronic websites and leadership of advocacy campaigns, and a training of press photography under the supervision of the photojournalist "Peter Hove Olesen".