Asian
Federation
Against Involuntary
Disappearances

Welcoming the Entry into Force of the Convention For the Protection of All Persons From Enforced Disappearances

On behalf of the AFAD, we wish you a happy new year 2011! Let us make this year a fruitful year for respect of human rights and the attainment of justice and peace.

Last year has been a successful year for the struggle against enforced disappearance. The International Convention entered into force on 23 December 2010. At the time of this treaty’s entry into force, it had 88 signatories and 21 ratifications.

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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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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

 

Sara La Rocca and Ivanka Custodio
Managing Editors

 

Ed Gerlock
Copy Editor

 

Contributors

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

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)

 

Christian Baria
Layout Artist

 

Gorilla
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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