Enforced DisappearanceCases. A global issue Once largely used by military dictatorships, disappearances now happen in every region in the world and in a wide range of contexts.
I am always pained when my children ask where their father is.
On 19 Aprilthe Commission on Human Rights updated the list of countries that ratified the Convention, which included 59 nations. It gives victims' families the right to seek reparations, and to demand the truth about the disappearance of their loved ones.
The guarantee of the rights of man and of the citizen needs a public force. This is not only true for the missing person, but also for her family. The reason behind this is the fact that people are taken under custody by the public officials and they are forcefully disappeared afterwards even though they are told that they will be released after their statements are taken.
The Convention recognises the right of victims and their families to know the truth regarding the circumstances and fate of the disappeared person. Systematically perpetrated against civilians, it is considered a crime against humanity.
Outside the protection of the law, the victim finds him or herself in a situation of utter vulnerability and is especially at risk of being tortured or executed with complete impunity.