Held on the 30th of August, the International Day of the Disappeared gives us the opportunity to observe and recognize the number of people who have gone missing through conflict, migration and natural disasters, and to show solidarity towards all who have been affected.
A compilation of tweets from the @ICRC and RCRC Movement around the world to mark the #InternationalDayoftheDisappeared.
In 2021, nearly 3,300* migrants died or went missing while attempting to reach Europe, this horrifying figure – equivalent to the capacity of an ocean liner, or a football stadium stand – represents only documented cases. The actual number of people missing along the migratory route to Europe is much higher. Since 2014, tens of thousands of migrants have disappeared, never to be heard from again. Their families must endure the daily pain of waiting for news, clinging on to hope.
* Figures of the Missing Migrants Project, International organization for migration (IOM)
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In this episode, we’re going to learn about how the ICRC works with what are known in Mexico as colectivos, or groups of families and friends who unite to search for their missing loved ones and defend their rights. We speak with Beatriz Adriana Martinez about her husband, Juan Alvarez Gil’s disappearance in 2013, to understand what a family goes through when a loved one goes missing and how these colectivos support Beatriz and the hundreds of thousands of other families. We also speak with Marlene Herbig, an ICRC delegate with the Missing Persons Program in Mexico, who works to help those who are searching for their missing loved ones know their rights, and how and when to seek mental health counseling.
The Enforced Disappearance Legal Database (EDLD) contains the leading jurisprudence, legislation and soft law on the autonomous offence of enforced disappearance as developed by human rights mechanisms around the world. The EDLD seeks to promote understanding of this complex human rights violation and its evolution in international human rights law. It allows users to undertake targeted legal research, comparative jurisdictional analysis and explorative study of the main thematic issues arising under the normative framework of the offence of enforced disappearance.
The EDLD has been developed by the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) with input from domestic and international legal experts.