INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH DETAINED AND MISSING STAFF MEMBERS: MARCH 25, 2016

International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members

March 25 is the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members. This date is the anniversary of the abduction of Alec Collett, a journalist who died while working for the UN.

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March 25 is the UN Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing UN Personnel.
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What Do People Do

The UN promotes the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members to encourage governments to do more in their power to protect UN personnel in their jobs.

The day is also a moment to remember UN personnel who have been abducted whilst doing their job, such as journalist Alec Collett. Collett worked for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East when he was abducted by armed gunman in on March 25, 1985.  His body was found in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in 2009 and eventually returned to his family.

Public Life

The International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members is a UN observance and not a public holiday

Background

Over the years, many UN personnel have been kidnapped while working for the UN and many more continue to face threats to their freedom and security.  According to the UN’s Department of Safety and Security, at least 28 UN civilian personnel were detained or arrested in 2010 in cases that were considered job-related.

The UN’s International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members was created to bring awareness to these kidnappings and to call for governments and communities to protect UN workers.

International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type Where it is Observed
Thu Mar 25 2010 International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members United Nations observance
Fri Mar 25 2011 International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members United Nations observance
Sun Mar 25 2012 International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members United Nations observance
Mon Mar 25 2013 International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members United Nations observance
Tue Mar 25 2014 International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members United Nations observance
Wed Mar 25 2015 International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members United Nations observance
Fri Mar 25 2016 International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members United Nations observance
Sat Mar 25 2017 International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members United Nations observance
Sun Mar 25 2018 International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members United Nations observance
Mon Mar 25 2019 International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members United Nations observance
Wed Mar 25 2020 International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members United Nations observance

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