Each year, 30 August marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances to highlight the plight of thousands of people around the world who have been subjected to enforced disappearances and the suffering of their families. Since protests broke out in Syria in February 2011, thousands of suspected opponents of the government have been arbitrarily arrested. Some remain missing – their fate or whereabouts unknown to their families, who are often in anguish and despair. Others who were subjected to enforced disappearance but eventually released after languishing for months in secret detention told Amnesty International about the torture and other ill-treatment they faced.
Amnesty International spoke to three men who were released after having been subjected to enforced disappearance for months and the relatives and friends of others who remain disappeared.