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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.

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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.

World Solidarity Day for Detained and Missing Workers Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010ThuMar 25World Solidarity Day for Detained and Missing WorkersUnited Nations observance
2011FriMar 25World Solidarity Day for Detained and Missing WorkersUnited Nations observance
2012SunMar 25World Solidarity Day for Detained and Missing WorkersUnited Nations observance
2013MonMar 25World Solidarity Day for Detained and Missing WorkersUnited Nations observance
2014TueMar 25World Solidarity Day for Detained and Missing WorkersUnited Nations observance
2015WedMar 25World Solidarity Day for Detained and Missing WorkersUnited Nations observance
2016FriMar 25World Solidarity Day for Detained and Missing WorkersUnited Nations observance
2017SatMar 25World Solidarity Day for Detained and Missing WorkersUnited Nations observance
2018SunMar 25World Solidarity Day for Detained and Missing WorkersUnited Nations observance
2019MonMar 25World Solidarity Day for Detained and Missing WorkersUnited Nations observance
2020WedMar 25World Solidarity Day for Detained and Missing WorkersUnited Nations observance

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