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International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

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The International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances is annually observed on August 30.

Local names

NameLanguage
International Day of the Victims of Enforced DisappearancesEnglish
Día Internacional de las Víctimas de Desapariciones ForzadasSpanish
היום הבינלאומי של נפגעי כפויים היעלמויותHebrew
اليوم الدولي لضحايا الاختفاء القسريArabic
강제 실종의 피해자의 날Korean
Internationaler Tag der VerschwundenenGerman

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015
List of dates for other years

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.

©iStockphoto.com/jcarillet

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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
TueAug 302011International Day of the Victims of Enforced DisappearancesUnited Nations observance 
ThuAug 302012International Day of the Victims of Enforced DisappearancesUnited Nations observance 
FriAug 302013International Day of the Victims of Enforced DisappearancesUnited Nations observance 
SatAug 302014International Day of the Victims of Enforced DisappearancesUnited Nations observance 
SunAug 302015International Day of the Victims of Enforced DisappearancesUnited Nations observance 
TueAug 302016International Day of the Victims of Enforced DisappearancesUnited Nations observance 
WedAug 302017International Day of the Victims of Enforced DisappearancesUnited Nations observance 
ThuAug 302018International Day of the Victims of Enforced DisappearancesUnited Nations observance 
FriAug 302019International Day of the Victims of Enforced DisappearancesUnited Nations observance 
SunAug 302020International Day of the Victims of Enforced DisappearancesUnited Nations observance 
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