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The Missing Men of Aleppo, Syria - a Prelude to a World Without a Rights Enforcer

The United Nations(UN) has confirmed that hundreds of civilian men, who crossed from rebel-held areas of Aleppo, Syria, into regime territory, have gone missing. 

With no real enforcer of human rights in Syria, given the documented war crimes committed by the parties to the conflict there, the missing men represent an enlarging reality of a prelude to a world, within and afar from Syria's borders, without a rights enforcer in light of a possible isolationist foreign policy from a new Washington administration.

As reported by the BBC-News earlier today, Rupert Colville, the spokesman for the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, noted that some 100,000 people were still trapped in "ever-shrinking" rebel areas of eastern Aleppo. He said the world body had gathered evidence that "hundreds" of men had disappeared after leaving for government-held areas.

Concerns about the human rights of the missing men are troublesome, according to the UN representative:"Given the terrible record of arbitrary detention, torture and enforced disappearances by the Syrian government...", the BBC-News reported. 

Men between ages 30 and 50 were separated from their families, the UN said, adding that other displaced people were being detained for questioning by the regime with many having their identity cards confiscated.

Yet, Syria's missing men could merely represent the unfolding of a larger span of rights abuses that become possible under any isolationist foreign policy by a new administration in Washington, DC. The UN and others will continue to monitor and to observe rights issues, but without any power of enforcement.