The United Nations adopted the 30th of August every year as an International Day for Detained and Forcibly Disappeared Persons, but this accreditation did not stop the tyrannical regimes, especially the Syrian regime, from arresting and forcibly disappearing civilians, so that neither their families nor their legal representatives knew where they were being held, the charges against them, nor the conditions of their detention. They have no right to contact anyone, and in many cases the arresting authorities deny their presence with them, and the forcibly disappeared persons are usually subjected to various forms of insult, torture and ill-treatment without having the right to complain, object, or have someone to defend them, and many of them are killed under torture or die due to negligence, disease and abuse, ill- nutrition and starvation.
The Syrian regime has been following these inhumane methods against its opponents and non-opponents, and the prisons of the Syrian regime in Tadmur (Palmyra), Sednaya, Mezzeh, Adra, the Palestine Branch, and the various investigation and interrogation branches are the greatest witness to these practices.
More than 30,000 Syrian citizens are still forcibly disappeared from the days of Hafez al-Assad from the 1970s and 1980s, in addition to thousands of Lebanese, Iraqis, Palestinians, Jordanians and other Arab nationalities.
At present, according to some statistics, the Bashar al-Assad’s regime, hold over 200,000 forcibly disappeared detainees. Their families do not know whether they are among the living or in the dead, and the arrested agencies do not admit their presence with them. Caesar’s photos have shown extremely barbaric methods of liquidating these disappeared forcibly, among whom thousands of children and women who were treated with extreme brutality and lack of human sense, all of which is carefully documented by the survivors of the disappearance and by the human rights organisations that closely followed this issue.
The authorities of Bashar al-Assad’s regime have been issuing death certificates for thousands of forcibly disappeared persons who were killed under torture or as a result of neglect, disease and starvation, and claimed that their deaths were natural.
The international climate that dealt irresponsibly with these grave violations encouraged the Assad regime to continue and persist in arresting Syrian and non-Syrian citizens away from legal and judicial procedures, hide them and treat them with the worst treatment. Bashar al-Assad’s regime is still treated as a legitimate, non-rogue regime by the international community.
In addition to the Syrian regime’s following this method, which is legally and internationally prohibited, other groups present on the Syrian soil have followed this barbaric method with more or less frequency, which has increased the suffering of the Syrian citizen. ISIS, SDF, Hezbollah, al-Nusra (Tahrir al-Sham), Iraqi and Afghan sectarian groups, and some other armed opposition factions have followed the regime’s way by arresting, hiding, ill-treating, and killing Syrian citizens
The Syrian Human Rights Committee (SHRC) unequivocally condemns the method of arrest and enforced disappearance, and in particular the Bashar al-Assad regime that follows this method that violates human freedom, dignity, rights to justice, proper prosecution and appropriate treatment, and condemns with the same severity the groups that practice arresting, absenting and ill-treating citizens .
SHRC calls on the Syrian opposition, foremost of which is the National Coalition of Revolutionary and Opposition, to take a firm stand on this issue and to take measures to secure the release of the disappeared in the prisons of the Bashar al-Assad regime.
SHRC denounces the international community’s blasphemy and cover-up of the Syrian regime, and demands it take a strong stand against its practices in arresting, concealing, torturing and killing defenceless and innocent citizens. It also calls on it to pressurise Assad’s regime to release all detainees and forcibly disappeared persons, to explain all cases of enforced disappearance since the seventies of the last century, and to prosecute those who violate rights, commanders and implementers.