Discussion group: The search for missing persons, challenges, and perspectives

Date: 28 of august

Time: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Place: D-604 (Auditorio)

At the event, Erik Arellana Bautista, documentary filmmaker and photographer, will present his research on the magnitude and extent of enforced disappearance in Colombia – “Cartography of enforced disappearance in Colombia. An always (in) complete report of the invisible.”

In commemoration of International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the Externado de Colombia University, the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Colombia, and the Colombia Office of the High Commissioner of the United Nations, have organized a discussion on the challenges and perspectives of the search for missing persons.

On December 21, 2010 (RES/AG/65/209), the UN General Assembly declared August 30 as the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, acknowledging that many countries in the world were dedicating this day to remembering the victims of enforced disappearances. The General Assembly also urged the UN Member States, the UN, other international and regional organizations, and civil society to observe this day, beginning in 2011.

Where are they? This question is constantly reiterated by those who have been victims of enforced disappearance. The search for missing persons to determine their fate and whereabouts is the obligation of the State. The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances, at its last session (April 2019), adopted the Guiding Principles for the Search of Missing Persons, seeking to consolidate good practices and surmount the search obstacles.

The event features participation by Carmen Rosa Villa Quintana (Peru), member of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances; Luciano Hazan (Argentina), member of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances and former member of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances; Santiago Corcuera Cabezut (Mexico), former member of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances and the Committee on Enforced Disappearances; and María Clara Galvis Patiño (Colombia) former member of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances. They will address the search challenges from an international perspective.

Also participating are representatives of various Colombian organizations responsible for the search of missing persons, who will talk on the challenges posed by the implementation of the Guiding Principles in Colombia.