INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE VICTIMS OF ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES: AUGUST 30, 2015

 

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

The United Nations (UN) observes the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on August 30 each year.

Mothers at Bolivar Square in Bogota, Colombia, holding photos of their children, who are victims of enforced disappearance.
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What do people do?

On August 30 each year, organizations such as the UN and Amnesty International play an active role in raising awareness that enforced disappearance is a crime and should not be used as a tool to deal with situations of conflict. Many activists openly share personal stories, via the media or public event, about victims of enforced disappearances and the impact that these disappearances have on their families and communities.

Public life

The International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances is a UN observance and not a public holiday.

Background

Enforced disappearance is used as a strategy to spread terror within the society. It occurs when people are arrested, detained or abducted against their will and when governments refuse to disclose the whereabouts of these people. Enforced disappearance is a global problem and is not restricted to a specific region of the world.

In December 2010, the UN officially declared that it would annually observe the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on August 30 each year, starting from 2011.

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Tue Aug 30 2011 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances United Nations observance
Thu Aug 30 2012 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances United Nations observance
Fri Aug 30 2013 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances United Nations observance
Sat Aug 30 2014 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances United Nations observance
Sun Aug 30 2015 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances United Nations observance
Tue Aug 30 2016 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances United Nations observance
Wed Aug 30 2017 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances United Nations observance
Thu Aug 30 2018 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances United Nations observance
Fri Aug 30 2019 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances United Nations observance
Sun Aug 30 2020 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances United Nations observance

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