Geneva, 23rd of November. Human Rights Guardians have submitted three cases of enforced disappearances in Syria to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID), requesting that the UN experts promptly intervene with the Syrian authorities to ensure the individuals’ immediate release.
On September 4th 2013 the first victim arrived at the central hospital in Mehrdah as a result of a stray bullet wound to his right shoulder while the Syrian army was swiping the Area with machine guns. He was arrested on charges of breaking into the checkpoint with evidence of a gunshot wound and then being dragged from the operating room to an unknown destination.
The victim, who was a self-employed worker, was arrested by the Air Force Intelligence along with his brother on his way back from the airport road when they brought their niece to her home in Deir Ali area. They were then transferred to the military security detachment in Zeinab. After 4 days they were sent to an unknown destination, their family tried to find them but to no avail.
The last victim was arrested by members of the Military Security on 31 January 2013
While he was sleeping in his house in Kafr Sousse, a military security patrol stormed the house on charges of demonstrating with terrorists as they described.
He was beaten in front of his wife and children and taken to an unknown destination that the family believes was in Branch 215 of the Military Security.
Human rights Guardians referred the above cases to the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances and requested the experts of the Working Group to urge the Syrian authorities to release immediately the three victims, in all cases to disclose their fate, whereabouts and status under the rule of law.
Over the past years, enforced disappearance has been used as a weapon of war by all parties in Syria and the bulk of enforced disappearances have been by the Syrian authorities. The International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in a report that there was a systematic and widespread practice of enforced disappearance in Syria, a crime amounting to a crime against humanity.
. Suleiman Issa, executive director of Human Rights Guardians
Syrian authorities continue to detain more innocent people in Syria without charge and conceal their fate. It is a shame to arrest a person without any guilt s/he has committed, and these practices must stop and hold the perpetrators accountable.
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