An unattainable dream
Ten years have passed since the entry into force of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED or the Convention). It seems to be only yesterday...
New wine in old bottles
On 16 June 2017, 40-year-old Murat Okumuş was abducted in broad daylight by several plainclothes men in Izmir, Turkey’s third largest metropole. The abductors arrived in two unmarked cars, pushed Mr. Okumuş into one...
Enforced disappearance is not simply the act of violence of its constituent parts: of detention, torture, inhumane treatment, murder. Enforced disappearance operates on a different political register: it not only...
(Enforced) disappearances – when state and criminal perpetrators blur
Mexico intellectual and organizer Gustavo Esteva uses “lodo” (lit. mud, Spanish), as an analogy to talk about violence in Mexico. For Esteva, the State and organized crime are no longer separate entities –...
Excluding enforced disappearances from military jurisdiction
Enforced disappearances often result in impunity, which is a “distinctive trait” of such crimes (UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, 2020 Annual Report, paras. 1, 93). A range of factors can contribute...
Bringing home the remains of forcibly disappeared persons
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible for millions of people around the globe to say goodbye to their loved ones or to bury them according to their beliefs. This situation...
The vicious cycle of impunity
Ana Srovin Coralli
Despite being a country where disappearances have been committed for decades, El Salvador’s approach towards the search for disappeared persons and prosecution of these crimes remains under-explored by the international community....
The Committee on Enforced Disappearances
Anna Batalla Trilla
With the ratification of the 2006 International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED), States officially confirm their commitment to fight against enforced disappearances and to prevent their...
Non-judicial search for disappeared persons
In view of the failure of the criminal justice systems, which have been unable to make effective progress in the investigation and search for disappeared persons, a new model of...
Disappeared migrants and refugees
Every year thousands of migrants and refugees disappear en route to reach their destination country or in the host country itself. While this phenomenon has been articulated recently in the...
A precursor to comprehensive perspectives on Enforced Disappearances
Enforced disappearance is one of the most atrocious criminal behaviours: its intention is to erase a person from his or her environment, to hide his or her whereabouts and thus...