Why is the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances observed on 30 August?
Last Updated: Aug 31, 2018
General Assembly resolution 69/209 of 21 December 2010, declared 30 August the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.
The resolution's preamble notes that "30 August has been observed in many countries around the world as the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances".
The quadrennial report of the Latin American Federation of Associations of Relatives of Disappeared Detainees (FEDEFAM), in E/C.2/2010/2/Add.19, states:
"In 1984 we began to celebrate 30 August as International Day of the Disappeared with the purpose of remembering the desaparecidos, as well as to highlight the need for prevention action, so that new cases do not occur. This has become the accepted international day to remember the desaparecidos by many organizations around the world and it is our goal that it be officially endorsed by the General Assembly."
More information about the UN's consideration of this topic is available in the procedural history for the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance on the Audiovisual Library of International Law website.
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