Every year in dozens of countries around the world, thousands of men, women and children are detained by state authorities for no reason, never to be seen again. They are the “disappeared”. In 2012 alone, Amnesty International documented such cases in 31 countries. Here are five facts you should know on International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, 30 August.
Since the beginning of the uprising that led to armed conflict in Syria two years ago, there’s again been a dramatic increase in the authorities’ use of enforced disappearances to silence opposition and sow fear among their friends and relatives. Thousands of people have been arrested, with many held incommunicado at unknown locations at which torture and other ill-treatment are reported to be rife. This adds to the some 17,000 people, mostly Islamists, who were disappeared in the late 1970s and early 1980s in the country. […]
As member of the International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances FIACAT relay ICAED’s Voice:
It has been 32 years ago since our Latin American sisters and brothers from the Latin American Federation of Associations of Relatives of Disappeared-Detainees (FEDEFAM) initiated the commemoration of what is now officially recognized by the United Nations as the International Day of the Disappeared (IDD). Today, 30th of August, third year after its official recognition from the United Nations, we continue to honor our beloved desaparecidos from Africa, Asia, Europe, Euro-Mediterranean region, Latin America and the United States. […]
Relatives and civil society groups working for the rights of victims of enforced disappearances need to be protected from threats and reprisals and supported in their work, UN independent human rights experts have said in a joint call on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on 30 August.
“Families of the disappeared and non-governmental organizations are sometimes the only voices in their countries calling for truth, justice and reparation for the victims and highlighting the plight of the disappeared both nationally and internationally”, said the experts from the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances and the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. “Given their fundamental role, many of them are vulnerable to intimidation and face obstacles in their fight to prevent and tackle enforced disappearances. […] We are calling on States to take or strengthen measures to protect relatives and civil society groups working on issues related to enforced disappearances and prevent and punish any act of intimidation, persecution or reprisal”, the experts said. […]
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) signed an agreement with the Montenegrin authorities on 29 August 2013 to provide training to Montenegrin law-enforcement officers in recognizing, understanding and investigating hate crimes.
The agreement to implement ODIHR’s “Training Against Hate Crimes for Law Enforcement” (TAHCLE) programme was signed in Danilovgrad, at the Police Academy of Montenegro, by Tanja Tripović, the Academy’s Acting Director, and Ambassador Janez Lenarčič, the Director of ODIHR. The programme will be implemented in close co-operation with the OSCE Mission to Montenegro.
Tripović pointed out that every year, the Police Academy incorporates a new topic into its education and training curriculum. “The signing of the memorandum of understanding today marks our first step in educating and training police officers on how to prevent and combat hate crimes”, she said. […]