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Freedom of expression activist Bassel Khartabil was executed soon after his disappearance from Damascus’ Adra prison on October 3, 2015, his widow has confirmed.

Jamil Al Nimr, former head of the General Intelligence in Jisr Al Shughur, Idlib governorate, was detained in Sednaya Military Prison since his arrest in June 2011 for having disobeyed orders to fire live bullets on peaceful protesters. He suddenly disappeared in December 2012, after his wife’s last visit.

Since the beginning of the six-year long armed conflict, thousands people have become victims of enforced disappearances and security services have abducted many of them at checkpoints.

Our concerns
  • 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
Human Rights Instruments
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
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Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT)
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OPCAT (National Preventive Mechanism) Ratified ?
National Preventive Mechanism (OPCAT) created ?
UNCAT Art 20 (confidential inquiries) ratified ?
UNCAT Art 22 (Individual Complaint procedure) Ratified ?
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International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED)
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Human Rights Council
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