AUGUST 30 IS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE DISSAPPEARED
International Day of the Disappeared is held annually on the 30th August by international community. Resolution was adopted by General Assembly of the United Nations on December 21, 2010. It was established to preserve the memory of those whose fate remains unknown, and to draw attention to the difficult situation their relatives and friends go through related to lack of relevant information and receiving necessary assistance.
The tradition of dedicating this day to enforced disappearances is also relevant for Ukraine, for thousands of families who are awaiting news of the fate of their close and dear ones as the result of the armed conflict in the East of Ukraine.
International humanitarian law and international human rights law oblige state authorities to take all possible measures to prevent enforced disappearances and eliminate consequences both in peacetime, and during armed conflict, and other situations of violence.
To that end, the Law of Ukraine “On the legal status of persons missing” (hereinafter referred to as the "Law") was adopted, that provides the legal regulation of issues related to the identification and registration, search and social protection of disappeared and their relatives, which entered into force on August 2, 2018.
The adoption of the Law represents a milestone, as it, in particular, created the prerequisites for the introduction of a Unified State Register on disappeared and effective mechanisms for their search, as well as ensuring the implementation of the right of relatives and friends to information about their disappeared relative and state assistance.
To establish the truth about the fate of each disappeared person is a task for state authorities, non-governmental organizations and the entire Ukrainian community with respect for people who go through all the suffering associated with the lack of information about the location of their dear ones.