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In the current conflict, the use of mass arrests, torture, and sanctioned killing has only escalated. Numbers vary, with the Syrian Network for Human Rights recording 117,000 cases of arrest and detention between 2011 and 2015 but estimating at least 100,000 more undocumented cases, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimating close to 500,000 cases. In the majority of cases, the families of the detained and disappeared have no information on what happened to them.
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