31/08/2023

Amnesty International urges action on International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearance

LONDON — On the occasion of the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearance, Amnesty International called for decisive actions to uncover the fates of individuals subjected to enforced disappearances within select Arab countries. The organization presented a set of compelling recommendations directed at the governments of these nations, aimed at ending the profound suffering endured by the victims and their anguished families.

Amnesty International’s impassioned plea extends particularly to four Arab nations mired in conflict, humanitarian turmoil, and protracted wars: Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen.

This deeply concerning practice, according to Amnesty International, serves as a tool for silencing dissent and sowing terror within societies, perpetuated by the hands of those in authority.

Read Also: Administration of North and East Syria establishes committee on missing persons in response to UN Resolution

In its report, the organization noted that Iraq’s unresolved cases of disappeared persons number anywhere between 250,000 and one million individuals. In Lebanon, the official tally hovers around 17,415 missing individuals. Syria, ravaged by conflict, counts over 100,000 victims of enforced disappearance, while Yemen bears the weight of 1,547 documented cases.

Amnesty concluded its statement will a call for respective authorities in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen to embark on robust investigations aimed at uncovering the destinies and current locations of the missing individuals. Furthermore, the organization emphasizes the importance of these governments ensuring that families left in anguish receive not only adequate compensation, including material restitution and rehabilitation but also critical international safeguards.