Forced disappearances leave communities in "spiral of anguish"

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Citizens display photographs of loved ones who died or who disappeared on 12 November 1991 when the Indonesian military opened fire on a group of pro-independence supporters during a peaceful demonstration. UN Photo/Martine Perret

The 'horrendous' practice of enforced disappearances can affect entire communities by creating an atmosphere of fear and chaos.

That's according to Santiago Corcuera, a member of the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED).

A forced disappearance is an act committed by the state in the form of abduction, arrest, detainment or any other violation of one's rights, which is then denied or concealed.

August 30th is the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.

Laura Jarriel began by asking Mr Corcuera about the importance of the issue and of the CED.

Duration: 3'00"

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