Enforced disappearance is one of the most serious human rights violations, due to its impact on the disappeared person, their relatives, their community, and as a result, society as a whole; its impact on them does not end with the end of conflict. The Syrian government has used disappearance as a strategy to get rid of its opponents and terrorize and silence its opposition since the 1970s. It has been the government’s most important weapon in crushing the popular movement against it. Enforced disappearances resulting from arbitrary detention, abduction, deprivation of liberty, deprivation of the right to protection by the law, to security and to not being subjected to torture and other inhuman treatment have been systematically practiced, amounting to a crime against humanity.
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