Monthly Archives: August 2012

Remembering the Missing from Conflict, Human Rights Violations and Other Causes

On the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared, 30th August, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) would like to recall the commitment of states under international law, including the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance, to clarify the fate and whereabouts of missing persons. Furthermore, ICMP would like to underscore that the families have a right to information regarding a missing relative regardless of the circumstances of their disappearance.

ICMP estimates that there are currently over a million reported cases of persons missing from wars and violations of human rights around the world. Furthermore at least a thousand persons go missing every year as a consequence of migration, displacement, human trafficking, organized crime and other causes and about 150,000 persons are missing every year from natural or manmade disasters.

“The issue of missing persons is clearly a global one that requires an…