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Providing victims of enforced disappearances adequate reparation

Providing victims of enforced disappearances adequate reparation

States´ obligation to provide reparation to victims of enforced disappearances is not limited to monetary compensation, stressed a UN report on enforced disappearances.
Philippines passes landmark law criminalizing enforced disappearances

Philippines passes landmark law criminalizing enforced disappearances

Philippines becomes the first country in Asia to criminalize enforced disappearances.
Protecting women from the impact of enforced disappearances

Protecting women from the impact of enforced disappearances

The Working Group on Enforced Disappearances focuses on the impact of enforced disappearances on women and ways to protect them from that practice.
Enforced Disappearances:  progress and challenges in South America

Enforced Disappearances: progress and challenges in South America

To pay tribute to those who have disappeared, as well to their families and friends, the United Nations proclaimed 30 August as the UN International Day of the Disappeared.
“My name is not XX”: searching for the truth by naming the disappeared

“My name is not XX”: searching for the truth by naming the disappeared

The right to the truth was first recognized in cases of missing and disappeared persons. Its importance in that context has not abated, but the right has evolved and its application has been extended to other gross violations of human rights.
New impetus to eradicate enforced disappearances

New impetus to eradicate enforced disappearances

A disappearance has a doubly paralysing impact: on the victims, frequently tortured and in constant fear for their lives, and on their families, ignorant of the fate of their loved ones.
Defending the defenders:  Human Rights Day 2010

Defending the defenders: Human Rights Day 2010

In a special message sent to the Geneva 2010 Human Rights Day event Myanmar’s recently released Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeals for solidarity in the struggle for human rights.