Since the crisis begun back in 2011, more than 75,000 people have vanished, or have been forcibly disappeared in Syria.
While families search for loved ones, the Syrian government is subjecting tens of thousands of civilians, aid workers and peaceful activists to enforced disappearance or arbitrary detention – just to spread fear and collective punishment amongst the Syrian civilian population.
Many have been tortured or ill-treated in prisons, and more than 15,000 have died in custody as a result.
Armed opposition groups in Syria have also been responsible for the enforced disappearance of hundreds of individuals in the areas they control, subjecting them to torture and other forms of ill-treatment.
“The days pass by very difficult and very heavy. I live by hope which allows me to go on, and pushes me to work hard for their release. I never lose the hope of their return. I always imagine that moment when I learn of their release”
-Fadwa Mahmoud, Syrian activist and co-founder of “Families for Freedom”, mother and wife of two disappeared men, Abdulaziz Al-Kheir and Maher Tahan
These practices are carried out as part of a widespread, systematic attack directed against the civilian population by the Syrian government and armed groups. They clearly violate international law, and in many cases, constitute war crimes. We will no longer stand by and let this happen.
We urge you to act now and pledge your support for the families of the missing and disappeared, by urging Russia and the Unites States to push the Syrian government and armed groups to disclose the whereabouts and fate of their loved ones.
Since the Syrian crisis begun in 2011, more than 75,000 people have vanished or have been forcibly disappeared by the Syrian government and armed forces. We urge you to push the Syrian government to disclose the whereabouts or fate of the disappeared.