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Experts in Argentina 35 years after
Experts in Argentina 35 years after
To mark the 35th anniversary of its creation, the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances hosted its session in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Group was created to investigate disappearances specifically in the wake of massive human rights violations in Argentina. The meeting marked the Working Group’s 105th session.
10 March 2015
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.
3 April 2013
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.
25 January 2013
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.
14 December 2012
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.
31 August 2012
“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.
23 March 2012
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.
30 August 2011
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.
10 December 2010