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85,000 people disappeared since start of Syria conflict

August 31, 2017 at 1:31 am

A huge explosion sends fire into the air after Assad Regime’s forces carried out air and ground strikes over the de-conflict zone, Ein Tarma district in the Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria on 7 August 2017 [Muhammad Khair/ Anadolu Agency]

The Syrian Human Rights Network (SHRN) said it has documented the enforced disappearance of 85,36 people in Syria since the conflict started in March 2011.

The arbitrary arrests documented during the past seven years have been carried out through checkpoints or raids without arrest warrants, and detainees are denied access to their families and lawyers, while the authorities do not recognize their existence

the network said in a report released yesterday.

The SHRN also stated that the Syrian regime is responsible for 90 per cent of the enforced disappearances in the country.  It also explained that enforced disappearances have expanded with the spread of non-official armed groups which are fighting alongside the regime’s army, such as Iranian militias, the Lebanese Hezbollah and others.

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