Reclaiming Stolen Lives

Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD)
Publication Year
Asia and the Pacific
Jammu and Kashmir ; Thailand ; Asia and the Pacific
Thematic Area
Law & Policies / Families
Right to Know/Truth / Reparation / Psychosocial Support / Prevention / Mental Health / Memorialization / Family Needs / Enforced Disappearance / Criminal Justice / Advocacy

AFAD’s third book, Reclaiming Stolen Lives is a sincere attempt to delve deeply into the scourge of enforced disappearances in South and Southeast Asian countries and the uphill struggle of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) to continue treading the long and winding road in its member-organizations’ collective journey towards a world without desaparecidos. Linking arms with the Latin American Federation of Associations of Relatives of Disappeared-Detainees (FEDEFAM) and its other sisters and brothers in Africa and Europe who are equally victimized by this malady, AFAD forges on amidst internal and external threats. In the course of its journey, AFAD lost its former Chairperson, Munir who was treacherously murdered by arsenic poisoning on a Garuda flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam via Singapore on 7 September 2004. The Federation also lost its woman human rights defender in Kashmir, Aasia Jeelani who was killed by a landmine in an election monitoring exercise in the north of Kashmir on 20 April 2004.