Join us for a discussion to mark the launch of our new report ‘The Forgotten Victims: Enforced Disappearances in Africa’, which examines the phenomenon 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 has contributions from REDRESS's 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.
The webinar will discuss the report’s key findings, including who the victims and perpetrators of enforced disappearances are; its impact on women, migrants, and other vulnerable groups; the legal obligations of African states to prevent, prosecute, and provide redress to its victims; and the existing legal and policy gaps that need to be overcome to eradicate this practice on the continent.
A select group of panellists will discuss 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 disappearance and advance accountability efforts in Africa.
Monday 30 August
4-5pm East Africa; 1-2pm West Africa, 3-4pm South Africa/EU, 2-3pm Central & North 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
Interpretation in French, English, and Arabic.
Moderated by REDRESS.