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Interactive: World day of the forcibly disappeared

Nearly 85,000 people have been forcibly disappeared in Syria since the civil conflict erupted in 2011

Ismaeel Naar

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In a new report by Amnesty International, around 85,000 people have disappeared in Syria since the civil conflict erupted in 2011 - with many believed to have been forcibly taken by the regime.

The scores missing not only include political opponents and human rights activists - some are teachers and public workers who may have only crossed into government-controlled territory to collect their paychecks, the rights group said in a statement.

Four other countries that have seen multiple disappearances of civilians include Mexico, Gambia, Sri Lanka and Bosnia.

“Governments in countries where enforced disappearances are occurring must come under greater pressure to stamp out this abhorrent practice,” said Amnesty International chief Salil Shetty.

(Data collected from Amnesty International)