Into the Fire
Reports indicate that hundreds of refugees have been detained and then disappeared by regime forces upon returning to Syria. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has estimated that hundreds of civilians have been detained by government forces since June 2019, mainly in Der‘a, Damascus, Rural Damascus, and Homs Governorates. The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) recently documented the disappearance of 638 returnees, fifteen of whom reportedly died under torture, though many analysts estimate the numbers to be much larger. SNHR has also detailed a wide effort of enforced conscription as well as a high rate of detention of returnees.
11-09-2019 …