The right to the truth relating to enforced disappearances or missing persons is recognized in international human rights instruments such as Article 32 of the Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions that establishes “the right of families to know the fate of their [disappeared] relative.” and Article 24 of the 2006 International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance that states that:
“Each victim has the right to know the truth regarding the circumstances of the enforced disappearance, the progress and results of the investigation and the fate of the disappeared person. Each State Party shall take appropriate measures in this regard.”
AFAD or the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances was founded on June 4, 1998 in Manila, Philippines. It is a federation of human rights organizations that works directly on the issue of involuntary disappearances in Asia.
“It was established based on the common phenomena of enforced or involuntary disappearances in many Asian countries and the imperative of regional and international solidarity in order to strongly respond to the problem. The perpetrators, being agents of states, are so powerful that an equally strong response is needed to effect a huge impact. Since it is a violation of a number of basic human rights, civil and political as well as economic and social, enforced disappearance is the cruelest form of human rights violation. A Federation, whose own strength is drawn from the intrinsic strength of its member-organizations, is imperative in order to respond to the needs of the families of the disappeared. It intends to facilitate their empowerment which is necessary for the realization of a world without desaparecidos.” – http://afadsecretariat.wordpress.com/about/
The Federation’s secretariat which is based here in the Philippines is the author of afadsecretariat.wordpress.com. It contains their news releases, statements, position papers, videos, trainings and other relevant information about their campaigns.
AFAD, who gave its concrete contribution to the adoption of a new international treaty which recognizes the right to truth and the right not to be subjected to enforced disappearances, adheres to and promotes the ratification of the United Nations Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. AFAD likewise adheres to the principles of gender equality, care for the environment and nature and non-discrimination.
AFAD is one of the lead organizations that campaign and lobby for the Philippine ratification of the said convention and a domestic law criminalizing enforced disappearance in the country.
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