30.08.2016 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
Enforced disappearance is often used as a strategy to spread terror within communities. While once largely the product of military dictatorships, enforced disappearance has become a global problem. International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances highlights the global insecurity generated by this practice and its effects on not only the relatives of the disappeared, but also their communities and society as a whole. This Day urges States to strengthen laws to prevent human rights violations and support the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances. The UN General Assembly proclaimed this Day in its 2012 resolution A/RES/65/209.