Syria enforced their people to disappear: Amnesty
Nov 5, Beirut: The Syrian government has forcibly disappeared more than 65,000 people since the country's civil war broke out in 2011, according to a new report from Amnesty International. Often, family members do not even know if their relatives are still alive or where they're held.
Amnesty's report, “Between Prison and the Grave,” found that enforced disappearances have been carried out by all four branches of the Syrian security forces, as well as by the armed forces and militias associated with the Syrian government.
Families pay brokers hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars for news of their disappeared relatives, sometimes only to receive false information in return.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights, a local monitoring group, has documented 65,116 cases of enforced disappearances - including 58,148 civilians - between March 2011 and August 2015. The actual number is believed to be even higher, as many Syrians are reluctant to publicly discuss the issue for fear they, too, could be targeted. Al Jazeera reported.
The report stated that, "Since 2011, the Syrian government has carried out an orchestrated campaign of enforced disappearances."
"At the beginning of the crisis it arrested and forcibly disappeared large numbers of peaceful opponents of the government, including demonstrators, political activists, human rights defenders, media workers, doctors and humanitarian aid workers.
Thursday's report by Amnesty also called on the world to enforce a 2014 U.N. Security Council resolution to end enforced disappearances in Syria.
The Oslo Times