Watch the new video from Amnesty International UK:
Imagine suddenly vanishing off the face of the earth, with no one – not even your closest family – knowing where you are, why you were taken away, and what’s become of you. You may have done nothing wrong, but you don’t have a chance to defend yourself, get legal help, hope for a trial or even communicate with your family to let them know where you are.
Tens of thousands of people have ‘disappeared’ at the hands of Syrian state forces in the last few years. For many years, Syria has held detainees in secret locations, unable to communicate with the outside world – and these disappearances have increased dramatically since 2011.
When state forces hold people incommunicado like this they are violating many human rights. When they do so on a mass scale, it can constitute a crime against humanity.