Recorded Webinar Available Now: The Struggle of Victims of Enforced Disappearances in Africa to Obtain Justice, Truth, and Reparations
A discussion to mark the launch of our new report ‘The Forgotten Victims: Enforced Disappearance in Africa’ on the 30th of August, which examines the phenomena of enforced disappearance on the continent and provides recommendations to all relevant actors to prevent the crime and provide justice and reparations to victims. The report is authored by REDRESS with the pro bono assistance of the law firm Linklaters, and it is supported by the findings from REDRESS’ partners Lawyers for Justice in Libya, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, the MENA Rights Group, and international experts.
During the webinar, panellists discussed the report’s key findings, including who the victims and the perpetrators of enforced disappearances are; its impact on women, migrants, and other vulnerable groups; the legal obligations of African states under international and regional legal frameworks to prevent the practice, prosecute the perpetrators, and provide redress to the victims; and the existing legal and policy gaps that need to be overcome to eradicate this practice on the continent.
Our panellists also discussed the ways in which the findings of our report, together with other national, regional, and international initiatives, can shape changes in regional standards, national laws, and policies to protect against enforced disappearances and advance accountability efforts in Africa.
AUA BALDE, Member of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances
KEVIN MWANGI, Expert Member of the Working Group on Death Penalty, Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings and Enforced Disappearances of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
ALEXIS THIRY, Legal Advisor at MENA Rights Group
ALEJANDRA VICENTE, Head of Law at REDRESS
HONOURABLE CONCILIA CHINANZVAVANA, Zimbabwe
Moderated by REDRESS.
Practice Note 5, our new Practice Note explaining holistic strategic litigation and how to carry it out in the context of enforced disappearances in Africa.
The Forgotten Victims: Enforced Disappearance in Africa, our new report.
Both available in English, French, and Arabic.