According to the last survey conducted by the Syrian Network for Human Rights, at least 194,000 Syrian citizens were detained by the Syrian regime’s forces. Among the detainees were approximately 9,000 citizens under the age of 18, and 4,500 women including 800 female and 35,000 male university students,
Out of the 194,000 detainees, no less than 60,000 people who are deemed cases of “enforced disappearance”. Enforced disappearance occurs when a person is arrested, detained, or abducted by the state or a political organization with the authorization, support, or acquiescence of the state or a political organization or by turning a blind eye to such an act, followed by a refusal to acknowledge denying this person his freedom or to provide information on his fate and whereabouts, with the intent of placing the victim outside the protection of the law for a long period of time.
This applies to approximately 60,000 detainees. The Syrian Network for Human Rights has lists with the names of 37,000 detainees from different Syrian governorates and various professions and specialties.. We have approached the families of hundreds of missing and disappeared people who refused to deal with us or give us any accurate information, fearing for the life of their detained family members.
According to Article 7, Chapter 2, Item 1.i, Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed at any civilian population, a “forced disappearance” qualifies as a crime against humanity.