Against Involuntary

The year 2012 ended with the enactment of Republic Act 10353 or the Philippine Anti- Enforced Disappearance Act of 2012. It was followed by the promulgation of its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) on 12 February 2013. The law signifies a moral victory for the families of the disappeared in the Philippines who, amidst many constraints, persistently campaigned for an antidisappearance law until their twilight years, and for some, till the very end of their lives. Giving cognizance to the invaluable contribution of the authors, families of the disappeared profoundly value the law as a major form of justice. A recognition of the cruelty of this state-perpetrated crime, it gives prime importance to the desaparecidos; recognizes their sacrifices and the sufferings of their loved ones; seeks truth, justice, rehabilitation, reparation and non-recurrence.

For this, the AFAD salutes the Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND) for the grand success of its campaign - making the Philippines the first in Asia to have an anti-enforced disappearance law. Such exemplary work may not exactly be replicated in other countries, but its very process is an experience that could serve as a guide for all those who struggle to erase enforced disappearance from the face of the earth.



The Voice

ISSN 1655 5384

The Voice is a bi-annual publication of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD). It is providing you with the latest on human rights with focus on involuntary disappearance issue within the Asian region. AFAD welcomes contributions but reserves editorial rights.

Editorial Board

Khurram Parvez


Mary Aileen Diez-Bacalso
Associate Editor


Ivanka Custodio
Managing Editor


Ed Gerlock
Copy Editor



Khurram Parvez
Ivanka Custodio
Yati Andriyani and Tioria Pretty
Parvaiz Matta
Sazzad Hussain
Bikash Basnet
Nilda Lagman-Sevilla
Ruki Fernando
Dhiramedhist Lueng-Ubon
Michele Park Sonen
Shui Meng Ng
Edita Burgos, OCDS
Amina Masood Janjua
Santosh Sidgel
Ron de Vera
Christian B. Gultia
Toni Serrano-Soriano
Mary Aileen Diez-Bacalso

Council Members

Adilur Rahman Khan, Odhikar
Yati Andriyani, The Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS)
Wanmayetti, Indonesian Association of Families of the Disap- peared (IKOHI)
Zahir Uddin, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP)
Chudamani Acharya, Advocacy Forum (AF)
Janak Raut, Conflict Victims’ Society for Justice (CVSJ)
Edita T. Burgos (OCDS), Free Jonas Burgos Movement (FJBM)
Nilda Lagman-Sevilla, Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearances (FIND)
Boonthan Verawongse, Rel- atives Committee of the May 1992 Heroes (RCMH)
Dr. Pratubjit Neelapaijit, Justice for Peace Foundation (JPF)
Sisto dos Santos, Asosiasaun HAK
Amina Masood Janjua, De- fence for Human Rights (DHR)
Brito Fernando, Families of the Disappeared (FOD)


Kevin Madrilla
Layout Artist


Printing Press 


Secretariat Members

Mary Aileen Bacalso, Secretary-General
Maria Elizabeth Ramos, Finance Officer
Ronald Emmanuel De Vera, Philippine Project Coordinator
Toni Soriano, Administrative Officer
Marija Ivanka Custodio, Research and Documentation Officer
Sara La Rocca, Regional Campaign Officer
Christian Gultia, Assistant to the Secretary-General and Fundraiser
Amy ViƱa, Bookkeeper
Jemina Dagdagan, General Services Staff

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