May 1 – 31, 2017
Odhikar believes that democracy is not merely a process of electing a ruler; it is the result of the peoples’ struggle for inalienable rights, which become the fundamental premise to constitute the State. Therefore, the individual freedoms and democratic aspirations of the citizens – and consequently, peoples’ collective rights and responsibilities - must be the foundational principles of the State.
First commemorated by the Latin American Federation of Associations of Relatives of Disappeared-Detainees (FEDEFAM) in the early 80s, the International Week of the Disappeared has been adopted by the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) to serve as a venue to campaign against this heinous crime and reaffirm its solidarity to all victims and their families.
Manila, 23 May 2017 – The Universal Period Review (UPR) of Indonesia took place on May 3, 2017, in Palais de Nations, in Geneva.
The review process was led by three member States of the UN Human Rights Council, namely Bangladesh, Belgium, and Ecuador.