[From the web] “First anti-enforced disappearance law in the whole Asian region, was enacted into law exactly a year ago today.” -AFAD

“REPUBLIC ACT 10353, AN ACT DEFINING AND PENALIZING ENFORCED OR INVOLUNTARY DISAPPEARANCE, the first anti-enforced disappearance law in the whole Asian region, was enacted into law exactly a year ago today. It is a product of years of struggle of families of the disappeared in the Philippines for truth, justice, reparation, memory and guarantees of…

[Statement] AFAD@15: An Arduous Journey Under a Crystal Clear Sky

AFAD 15th Anniversary Statement 4 June 2013 AFAD@15: An Arduous Journey Under a Crystal Clear Sky 4 June 2013 – A decade and a half have passed since the founding of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD). Many Asian governments continue the practice of making people disappear while past cases remain unresolved. While they…

[Events] Activities in commemoration of the INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF THE DISAPPEARED- AFAD/FIND

INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF THE DISAPPEARED May 27 -31, 2013 Dear Friends: The Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND), the International Coalitions Against Enforced Disappearances (ICAED) and the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD are organizing two activities in commemoration of the INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF THE DISAPPEARED (May 27 -31, 2013). The May 28 Roundtable…

No one shall be subjected to enforced disappearance

No one shall be subjected to enforced disappearance. The arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the State or by persons or groups of persons acting with the authorization, support or acquiescence of the State, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by concealment…

[Press Release] Milestone Law Criminalizes Forced Disappearances, Aquino Enacts First Law of its Kind in Asia -HRW

Philippines: Milestone Law Criminalizes Forced Disappearances Aquino Enacts First Law of its Kind in Asia (Manila, December 21, 2012) – The new law that criminalizes enforced disappearances in the Philippines is the first of its kind in Asia and a major milestone in ending this horrific human rights violation, Human Rights Watch said today. President…

[Statement] Break Impunity: Anti-Enforced Disappearance Law Now!

Break Impunity: Anti-Enforced Disappearance Law Now! We strongly urge President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to sign into law the Anti- Enforced Disappearance bill on Monday, December 10, 2012, as we commemorate the International Human Rights Day, to show his administration’s clear resolve to uphold human rights and end impunity. There is no better day for…

[Statement] AFAD Condemns Arrest of Family Members of Disappeared and FOD Members at the Conclusion of its Council Meeting

AFAD Condemns Arrest of Family Members of Disappeared and FOD Members at the Conclusion of its Council Meeting 3 December 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka – The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) concluded its week-long Council Meeting in Sri Lanka with a solidarity night together with local civil society organizations and family members of the…

[Press Release] South African Extraordinary Professor and UN official to visit PH for the International Week of the Disappeared -AFAD

South African Extraordinary Professor and UN official to visit PH for the International Week of the Disappeared Mr. Jeremy Sarkin, Extraordinary Professor of the University of South Africa, former Chairperson-Rapporteur and incumbent member of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (UNWGEID) will visit the country in his personal capacity as a…

[From the web] Issues and Trends on Enforced Disappearances And Women and Disadvantages and Obstacles Women Face In the Exercise of their Human Rights By Mary Aileen D. Bacalso

Issues and Trends on Enforced Disappearances And Women and Disadvantages and Obstacles Women Face In the Exercise of their Human Rights By Mary Aileen D. Bacalso Secretary-General, Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) and Focal Person, International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances (ICAED) Delivered at the Experts’ Conference on Gender and Enforced Disappearances, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia April 18, 2012…

FIND SOLIDARITY MESSAGE On the Founding Anniversary of HRonlinePH

30 March 2012 SOLIDARITY MESSAGE On the Founding Anniversary of HRonlinePH The Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND) is one with the Human Rights Online Philippines (HRonlinePH) in celebrating its 1st Anniversary. We commend the people, the team of highly dedicated and innovative minds, for providing opportunities for human rights groups to be heard…