Asian
Federation
Against Involuntary
Disappearances

Welcoming the Entry into Force of the Convention

Eighteen States have ratified the UN Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (hereinafter referred to as The Convention). Of these eighteen States, only 5 have recognized the competence of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED). Of the parties, only two are Asian, namely Japan and Kazakhstan. It signifies more work for the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) and the rest of the international movement against enforced disappearances not only to achieve the minimum number of 20 ratifications for the entry into force, but also to have more States recognize the competence of the CED and to put more Asian States on board.

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Solidarity for Truth and Justice

The struggle for truth and justice always demands patience and persistence. Truth and Justice need to be reclaimed from those who stole them from us. Always, there is antagonism between the fighters, represented by victims of human rights violations and the thieves represented by state perpetrators. The success or failure of the struggle for truth and justice depends on the dynamics of these opposing forces in a given socio-political and economic context.

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Solidarity for Truth and Justice

The struggle for truth and justice always demands patience and persistence. Truth and Justice need to be reclaimed from those who stole them from us. Always, there is antagonism between the fighters, represented by victims of human rights violations and the thieves represented by state perpetrators. The success or failure of the struggle for truth and justice depends on the dynamics of these opposing forces in a given socio-political and economic context.

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Securing Safeguards for Human Rights

The act of disappearing people has long been identified only with the authoritarian and military dictatorships of Latin America during the 1970s and 1980s. When these countries overthrew their dictators and moved forward to a period of democracy, people thought that enforced disappearance has also been incarcerated in the pages of history or buried along with the oppressors who have died. What they fail to actually see is that disappearance is a global concern. It is not merely contained within the boundaries of the Latin American region. Thus, it may have already faced the courts of justice in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Guatemala, Peru, etc. But in other regions, particularly in Asia, enforced disappearance continues to freely wreak terror and havoc in the lives of many families.

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"Happy Are Those Who Dream Dreams and Are Willing to Pay the Price…"

November 13, 2006 The Third Committee (Social, Cultural and Humanitarian) of The United Nations (UN), on the occasion of the 61st General Assembly held in New York, adopted by consensus the draft resolution on the International Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.

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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
Editor-in-Chief

 

Mary Aileen Diez-Bacalso
Associate Editor

 

Ivanka Custodio
Managing Editor

 

Ed Gerlock
Copy Editor

 

Contributors

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

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

 

Kevin Madrilla
Layout Artist

 

Gorilla
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 Viña, Bookkeeper
Jemina Dagdagan, General Services Staff

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