Kept in the dark – the murky world of enforced disappearances


For more than a year, 67-year-old Abd al-Akram al-Sakka has been missing in what amounts to an enforced disappearance — a crime under international law.

Despite desperate pleas from the elderly imam’s relatives, the Syrian authorities have not revealed any information about his whereabouts or the conditions of his detention.

In fact, they never even acknowledged his arrest — the only thing his loved ones can be sure of is that on 15 July 2011, around 20 members of Syria’s Air Force Intelligence arrived at his house in the Damascus suburb of Daraya and whisked him away.

The imam’s son-in-law Haytham Al Hamwi — who now lives in exile — recently told Amnesty International about his family’s anguish and the lack of information around al-Sakka’s disappearance since the Syrian uprising began in early 2011.

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  1. You know what would really stop people from being made to disappear? Having a self defense gun. But you want the UN to ban those.

    Dont you see how incompatible no guns is with your objectives of protecting people and respecting their rights to safety and property.

    I say again. You have an infiltrator in your group, who came there from an outside organization in order to prepare you and manipulate you for UN gun dictatorship.

    Freedom does not include making people more vulnerable to the gov.

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