Healing Wounds, Mending Scars

Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD)
Publication Year
Africa / Asia and the Pacific
Jammu and Kashmir, Aceh ; Bolivia ; Africa
Thematic Area
Families / Law & Policies
Criminal Justice / Enforced Disappearance / Family Needs / Memorialization / Mental Health / Reconciliation / Reparation / Right to Know/Truth
Open access

“Healing Wounds, Mending Scars,” is a response to the challenge of disclosing the phenomenon of enforced or involuntary disappearances in a significant number of countries in the Asian continent, which, as per report of the United Nations Working Group of Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (UNWGEID), has the highest number of cases reported during the last two of years. Enforced or involuntary disappearance is the cruelest form of human rights violation. Its concrete manifestations on the families of the victims could be gleaned from the vivid true-to-life stories of pain, anguish, and continuing torture suffered by the survivors – fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters of the disappeared, many of whom remain unhealed due to the loss of their loved ones. During this period when the member-states of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights are seriously drafting, in a manner so legalistic, a legally-binding normative instrument for the protection of all persons from enforced or involuntary disappearances, the publication of this book is timely.