The International Office for Human Rights Action on Colombia

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE DISAPPEARED: OIDHACO DEMANDS FULL SUPPORT FOR THE UNIT FOR THE SEARCH FOR PERSONS HELD FOR DISAPPEARED

Today, on the 30th of August, are remembered the victims of enforced disappearance. In Colombia this day is of special meaning given the great number of direct and indirect victims of enforced disappearance in the country.

According to the National Centre for Remembrance of History, there were almost 83.000 persons disappeared in Colombia since 1958. Different state bodies use different numbers nevertheless. One of the most urgent problems therefore is the creation of a single and unified register of victims of enforced disappearance as an essential step to reduce the high rates of impunity of over 98 % in these cases.