Across the country, detainees are tortured and killed in clandestine detention centres. But the political will to deal with these atrocities is woefully lacking
• Nicola Cutcher co-produced the documentary Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad
In Syria, people disappear. Tens of thousands of Syrians are missing. We don’t know where they are being held or whether they are dead or alive. For the disappeared, the situation is life-threatening. For their families and friends, the uncertainty is agonising. President Assad’s regime is responsible for the vast majority of disappearances, through its network of detention centres. Armed opposition groups and jihadist extremists have also captured and detained people. The disappeared are the most forsaken and vulnerable of all Syria’s victims. Their plight is compounded by political neglect.