Theme: Strengthening AFAD in its Second Decade of Struggle Towards
a More Effective and Enduring Response to Enforced Disappearance
Negombo, Sri Lanka
December 12-‐17, 2017
The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) recently held its 6th Congress in Negombo, Sri Lanka last December 12-‐17, 2017. True to the theme of the Congress, the concerted efforts of the AFAD members have laid the foundation for further strengthening AFAD, and have prepared the organization to respond more effectively and consistently to enforced disappearance.
Below is a brief yet concise summary of the results of the recently concluded Congress.
17 December 2017
"As enforced disappearance respects no age, gender, race, creed, religion, or ideology and is committed in a borderless geography, AFAD consolidates its 14 member organizations across Asia in Bangladesh, Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, and South Korea, and individual members in Laos and Switzerland. AFAD rallies its members to intensify their collective struggle to protect the absolute right not to be subjected to enforced disappearance in solidarity with all the peoples of Asia and the whole world."