Published on Physicians for Human Rights PHR, by Lucas Manley on August 30, 2011.
PHR’s Director of the International Forensic Program, Stefan Schmitt, recently appeared in an interview with the BBC World Service to discuss the UN International Day of the Disappeared … //
… Today is the first International Day of the Disappeared. The day was created to spotlight the upcoming 20th anniversary of the adoption of the UN General Assembly of the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. Enforced Disappearances are short and long-term detainment, or outright murder, of individuals or groups by State authorities to suppress a population’s legitimate concerns or demands.
Regardless of who uses it, how it is employed, or what justifications are proffered, such unspeakable violations of human rights cannot be tolerated and PHR stands with the UN and the global community in continuing to raise awareness about this vital issue.
Listen to Schmitt discuss the Day of the Disappeared on BBC.
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