Help end enforced disappearances in Syria
What is an enforced disappearance?
According to international human rights laws, an enforced disappearance occurs when a person is secretly abducted or imprisoned by a state or political organization or by a third party with the authorization, support, or acquiescence of a state or political organization, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the person’s fate and whereabouts, with the intent of placing the victim outside the protection of the law.
What’s happening in Syria?
Enforced disappearances in Syria are continuing more than half a year after the UN demanded that Syria put an end to this abhorrent practice. Since protests broke out in Syria in February 2011, thousands of suspected opponents of the government have been arbitrarily arrested and detained; many appear to have been subjected to enforced disappearance. Some remain missing – their fate or whereabouts unknown to their families, who are often left in anguish and despair. Others who were subjected to enforced disappearance but eventually released after languishing for months in secret detention have told Amnesty International about the torture and other ill-treatment they endured.
“People in Syria are hauled off into the abyss of secret detention on a regular basis, providing clear evidence of the authorities’ systematic use of enforced disappearance as a tool to crush dissent,” – Philip Luther, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.
What can we do?
Amnesty International is holding a petition to the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, to express concern about reports that the Syrian state has subjected individuals to enforced disappearance and to call on him to ensure that the authorities immediately cease this practice and that all those suspected of criminal responsibility are brought to trial.
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How you can help
Join with Amnesty International and sign the petition to help end enforced disappearances in Syria: