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


Sara La Rocca and Ivanka Custodio
Managing Editors


Ed Gerlock
Copy Editor



Khurram Parvez
Ivanka Custodio
Sara La Rocca
Tioria Pretty
Christian Gultia
Minwoo Ryu
Sazzad Hussain
Saira Rahman Khan
Amina Masood Janjua
Ruki Fernando
Mary Aileen Bacalso
Julie Choquet
Sisto dos Santos
Toni Serrano-Soriano
Ron de Vera

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)


Christian Baria
Layout Artist


Printing Press 


Secretariat Members

Kristina Boado, Philippine Project Coordinator
Heidi Fernandez, Regional Campaign Officer
Elyse Rafaela Conde, Fund Raiser and Assistant to the Secretary-General
Jaime Getanis, General Services Staff

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