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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.
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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
ThuMar 252010International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff MembersUnited Nations observance
FriMar 252011International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff MembersUnited Nations observance
SunMar 252012International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff MembersUnited Nations observance
MonMar 252013International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff MembersUnited Nations observance
TueMar 252014International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff MembersUnited Nations observance
WedMar 252015International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff MembersUnited Nations observance
FriMar 252016International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff MembersUnited Nations observance
SatMar 252017International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff MembersUnited Nations observance
SunMar 252018International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff MembersUnited Nations observance
MonMar 252019International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff MembersUnited Nations observance
WedMar 252020International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff MembersUnited Nations observance

Quick Facts

The UN’s International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members is annually held on March 25.

International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016

International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff MembersEnglish
Día internacional de Solidaridad con los miembros del personal detenidos o desaparecidosSpanish
היום בינלאומי לסולידריות עם עצורים וחברי סגל חסריםHebrew
اليوم الدولي للتضامن مع الموظفين المحتجزين والمفقودينArabic
구금 누락 된 직원들과의 연대의 날Korean
Welttag der Solidarität für gefangene und vermisste ArbeiterGerman

List of dates for other years

United Nation Holiday on March 25, 2017

World Holiday on March 25, 2017

Fun Holidays on March 25, 2017

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