BROADCAST DATE : Sep 29, 2017

The Truth Smugglers: The Disappeared in Syria

They are crimes a regime wants to keep secret: tens of thousands of Syrians have “disappeared” in the past six years of civil war, swept away to government prisons and detention centres to be interrogated, tortured and worse.

This week on The Fifth Estate, we tell their stories --and the people who risk their lives to expose the truth about these and other human rights abuses:

A government clerk who smuggled out thousands of pages of secret official documents.

A photographer who took photographs of the people tortured and killed under regime custody and then fled.

And a Canadian in a secret location in Europe whose team has collected three tonnes of documents, hoping they will lead to the conviction of Bashar al Assad for war crimes.

Gillian Findlay reports on “The Truth Smugglers” this week on The Fifth Estate.