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On 25 October 2011, Syrian political activist Mahmoud Al Merhi was arrested at an Air Force Intelligence checkpoint in Homs and remains disappeared since.
Between November 2012 and March 2014 five Syrian men, all members of the same extended family originally from Hama, disappeared after their arrests by pro-Assad security forces.
- Systematic and widespread practice of the crime of enforced disappearance;
- Practice of torture and arbitrary detention of human rights defenders and political activists under the pretext of ‘the fight against terrorism’;
- Devastating effects of the conflict, in particular on the civilian population;
- Impunity of perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity