August 2016 (10)
Aug 30 2016 2:03PM
Where is Kalpana Chakma, our unseen sister?
One of the few pictures of Kalpana Chakma It has been 20 years since Kalpana Chakma was kidnapped by the state – taken from her home in Rangamati in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts by a group of plain-clothed security personnel bel...
Aug 30 2016 12:05PM
Syria: six children abducted by the state
Three years ago, Rania Al-Abbassi, her husband Abdulrahman Yasin and their six children Dima, Entisar, Najah, Alaa, Ahmad and Layan were arrested by the Syrian military intelligence authorities. As they took the family from their house...
Aug 30 2016 11:53AM
Where is Sombath Somphone?
Stopped by Police. Taken away in a Truck. Missing since 15 December 2012. It's now more than three and a half years since Sombath Somphone, a civil society leader in Laos disappeared. It was early evening on 15th December 2012 when Som...
Aug 30 2016 11:42AM
You can’t photograph the disappeared
In 1972, the photograph of nine year old Phan Thị Kim Phúc running naked, screaming in pain from burns, showed millions the dire effect of napalm bombing and helped change history. After a decade of drownings in the Mediterranean, the...
Aug 30 2016 11:20AM
Colombia: What happened to Félix Guzmán?
On 14 August 2010, Félix Guzmán went out to work, as he did every day, in the fields of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in north-western Colombia. At about 9.30 a.m. he was approached by armed men wearing paramilitary unifo...
Aug 30 2016 11:06AM
Mexican teaching students still missing two years on
The case of the disappearance of the Ayotzinapa students in Mexico is as shocking as it is baffling. Nearly two years ago, students from a teachers’ training college in Mexico’s southwestern state of Guerrero were hauled off buses in t...
Aug 30 2016 10:47AM
Demanding political action for the missing in Bosnia and Herzegovina
A staggering 30,000 people ‘ disappeared ’ in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) during the 1992-95 armed conflict. More than 21 years later, 8000 people are still missing. I struggle to comprehend these numbers let alone the hundreds of tho...
Aug 26 2016 5:09PM
Hidden from critical view: the disappeared of Cameroon
As the number of military personnel deployed to fight Boko Haram in the Far North Region of Cameroon has increased, the number of people detained without trial on suspicion of supporting the armed group has gone up, as well. Families a...
Aug 26 2016 4:56PM
Where is Kalpana, our unseen sister?
It has been 20 years since Kalpana Chakma was kidnapped by the state – taken from her home in Rangamati in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts by a group of plain-clothed security personnel believed to have been from a nearby army camp...
Aug 17 2016 5:19PM
Indonesia's crack down on human rights
Anyone who has been passingly engaged in Indonesia might have noticed that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo doesn’t have much respect for human rights. Recently four executions took place with a further 10 people at imminent risk of deat...