The International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances, established by the UN and celebrated every year on August 30, aims to raise awareness around the world about the reality of enforced disappearances and to give visibility to the victims who are fighting to find their loved ones. It recalls the crucial importance of seeking the truth about the disappearances, of bringing justice to the victims and their families, as well as of preventing such atrocities in the future.

By highlighting the devastating consequences of this crime, the day seeks to mobilize governments and communities to strengthen human rights protection mechanisms and fight impunity for the perpetrators of these heinous acts. It is also an opportunity to support associations and organizations that work in favor of victims’ rights and to promote concrete measures to put an end to this inhuman practice. By defending the rights of victims of enforced disappearances, we work for a fairer society that respects human dignity.

Source: Naciones Unidas