The UN General Assembly has declared 30 August as the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. The number of enforced disappearances is increasing at such a pace that now it becomes a global concern. Primarily, this issue is restricted to some specific region of military dictatorship but now it’s not the same Now, we can witness the enforced disappearances in situations like internal conflicts.
Not only the person or their family members but the whole society and community feel the insecurity. There are numerous reports that have been emerged that how the person who disappeared or abducted has been harassed, badly treated, and there are few reports where a relative of the disappeared person has also been abducted. List Of Highest Paid Actors of 2020
Origin of the Day
The UN General Assembly by its resolution 65/209 has declared 30 August as the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on 21 December 2010. All the people in the world are observing this day from 2011.
Earlier on 20 December 2006, the UN General Assembly also adopted the International Convention for the Protection of All Person from Enforced Disappearance, which gives the right to the family member of the abducted person to enquire about the sudden disappearance of the person. This is also considered a crime against humanity.
What to do on this Day?
Organizations like the UN and Amnesty International try to increase awareness about such inhuman act and on this occasion, brings this issue in the spotlight in front of the entire world. People share their personal experiences of forced abduction.
Today, Antonio Guterres, The UN Secretary-General, shared a message, he said, “The crime of enforced disappearance is rife across the world, We see new cases almost daily, including the disappearance of defenders of the environment, who are often indigenous peoples”.
He further added, “the excruciating pain of old cases is still acute, as the fate of thousands of disappeared people remains unknown, making the crime a continuous presence in the lives of the loved ones of the lost”.