Asian
Federation
Against Involuntary
Disappearances

OdhikarAnnualHRReport2017 B

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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.

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November 1 – 30, 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.

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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.

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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.

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