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[Press release] August 30 2009 : Global action against enforced disappearances

août 2009

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Sunday August 30th marks the 26th anniversary of the International Day of the Disappeared. On this day human rights organisations and family members of the disappeared from all over the world call on their Parliament to take action for the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearances.

Enforced disappearances have occurred since the late seventies and continue to take place until this very day. What started as a Latin American phenomenon soon spread to other continents.

On August 30 each year the families of the disappeared in all continents commemorate those who have been forcibly taken away.
In more than 20 countries events are expected with the aim to pay respect to disappeared persons as well as to campaign for the new Convention on enforced disappearances.

August 30 is also a venue for families to call to their respective governments to sign and ratify the UN Convention. The UN Convention is very important for the families of the disappeared. The Convention provides for fundamental measures to prevent, investigate and sanction enforced disappearances. It realizes two new human rights, the right not to be subjected to enforced disappearance as well as the right for the relatives of the disappeared to know the truth.

The call to sign and ratify the Convention is echoed by many family member organizations and human rights NGOs who have recently united their campaigns for the convention in the International Coalition against Enforced Disappearances (ICAED).

For more information about the campaign activities and the Convention on disappearances, see

Press contact :
- Nathalie Jeannin -

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