Washington D.C. – Aug 30, 2019 In a press statement, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke about enforced disappearances that occur at the hand of the authoritarian regimes.
Advocates for human rights and freedom, journalists, political opposition and others are often silenced by authoritarian regimes. These people disappear around the world because they dared to challenge the authoritarian authority or express dissent.
This happens in Burma by the military against the Rohingya, a group of people who are stateless. They are an Ind0Aryan ethnic group residing in Rakhine State Myanmar previously Burma. (Read about the Rohingya Crisis here)
In North Korea, religious practitioners and political prisoners routinely disappear.
Syria’s Assad regime continues their brutal violence with indiscriminate killing of civilians, forced disappearances and torture against their people.
In Venezuela, members of parliament, civilians and the military have disappeared under the illegitimate Maduro regime.
Families of the victims of ISIS and former dictator Saddam Hussein keep up their call to dig up mass graves so the fate of their lost loved ones can be determined.
Pompeo states, “The practice of enforced disappearance is unconscionable, and regimes that use this practice are proving they are weak and fragile. We call for justice for victims of enforced disappearances and accountability for those who commit these crimes, and urge all countries to abandon this unlawful practice.”
To read the full statement from Secretary Pompeo, click here.