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Monday, 15 August 2016

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances 2016, Augusto 30.

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, 30 August.
Día Internacional de las Víctimas de Desapariciones Forzadas, 30 de Augusto.
Международный день жертв насильственных исчезновений, 30 августа.
 اليوم العالمي لضحايا الاختفاء القسري، 30 أغسطس.

Every disappearance violates a range of human rights

Statements :

Statement of CED on Treaty Bodies Strengthening
Decision of CED on Addis Ababa guidelines

Forum : International Day of the Disappeared on August 30
Enforced disappearances can nowadays be perpetrated in complex situations of internal conflict, especially as a means of political repression of opponents. Of particular concern are:
  • the ongoing harassment of human rights defenders, relatives of victims, witnesses and legal counsel dealing with cases of enforced disappearance;
  • the use by States of counter-terrorist activities as an excuse for breaching their obligations;
  • and the still widespread impunity for enforced disappearance

Every disappearance violates a range of human rights including:
• right to security and dignity of person
• right not to be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
• right to humane conditions of detention
• right to a legal personality
• right to a fair trial
• right to a family life
• right to life (if the disappeared person is killed or their fate is unknown).
Governments must:
• Investigate and prosecute those responsible in a fair trial.
• Legislate to make the International Convention national law.
• Implement the International Convention and accept the competency of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances.
• Live up to their obligations under international law.
• Make sure survivors and people who have lost their loved ones receive reparation – this includes compensation, rehabilitation, restitution and a guarantee that it won’t happen again.

A-Life-on-Hold : Adressing the needs of families of the missing

Events : Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance

United Nations Human Rights.

10th session of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances 7-18 March 2016
11th session of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances 3-14 October 2016

News :
- Enforced disappearances, Amnesty International
- Amnesty International urges governments across Southeast Asia to address the culture of impunity for crimes.
- Sierra Leone: Amnesty International Submission to the Committee on the rights of the child
- South Africa: Smoke and mirrors: Lonmin’s failure to address housing conditions at Marikana
Saudi Arabia: Submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
- Haiti: Internal displacement, forced evictions, statelessness – the catalogue to violations continue


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