Help us find Syria's disappeared
Since the Syrian crisis begun in 2011, more than 75,000 people have have been forcibly disappeared by the Syrian government; hundreds have vanished in the custody of armed groups. We urge you to push the Syrian government and armed groups to disclose the whereabouts or fate of the disappeared and missing.
Since the crisis begun back in 2011, more than 75,000 people in Syria have vanished after having been detained.
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 – to spread fear and collectively punish 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. Many others have been extrajudicially executed in prison.
Armed groups in Syria have also been responsible for the abduction of hundreds of individuals in the areas they control, subjecting them to torture and other forms of ill-treatment, and refusing to give their families information about their fate and whereabouts.
“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,
The Syrian government has been carrying out enforced disappearance as part of a widespread, as well as systematic, attack directed against the civilian population and also are war crimes. Abuses by armed groups, such as abductions and torture, also violate international humanitarian 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.