Dawn of Hope: Anti-Disappearance Convention Comes into Force

Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD)
Publication Year
Asia and the Pacific
Ciudad Juarez ; Timor-Leste ; Asia and the Pacific
Thematic Area
Law & Policies / Forensics / Families
Right to Know/Truth / Reparation / Psychosocial Support / Prevention / Mental Health / Family Needs / Enforced Disappearance / Advocacy
Open access

In this issue, The Voice shares with you, among other articles, some analyses and updates on the process of campaign for justice for the desaparecidos vis-a-vis the ratification of the Convention, through the articles by Atty. Gabriella Citroni and of IKOHI of Indonesia. This issue also shares with you AFAD’s efforts for empowerment and consolidation such as the summary of victims’ psychological strengthening and a bird’s eye view of our Fourth Congress in Jakarta in June 2010. Also in this issue is a review by Alan Harmer, AFAD member in Geneva, of the documentary film, “Unsilenced,” depicting the uphill struggle for justice of the families of 6 paper factory workers whose loved ones disappeared in the Philippines.Moreover, this issue speaks of our solidarity with our Latin American sisters and brothers, who, because of their indefatigable struggle in the fight for truth and justice, have garnered small and grand victories in the fight against impunity. The rest of the pieces in this issue speak of the continuing malady of enforced disappearances in Asia and the undying struggle to put an end to the crime of enforced disappearances, to deliver the elusive truth, to obtain justice and reparation for the victims and to ensure that never again will this brutal practice of denying human existence occur in any part of the world.