By Emmanuel Omona
Justice and Reconciliation Project (JRP), a nongovernmental Organization in Gulu in collaboration with Refugee Law Project (RLP), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have announced their plans to observe the International Day against Disappearances.
Lino Owor Ogola the project coordinator Justice and Reconciliation Project Gulu confirmed this to the press in Gulu.
“The commemoration will be this Friday 30th August 2013. We shall begin with a procession and public dialogue in Gulu town”, Ogola said.
He said that the purpose of the procession is to commemorate the lives of people that went missing during conflict in northern Uganda to mark the International Day against Enforced Disappearances.
Ogola said that the theme for this year will be, “The Missing Persons: Forget Them Not”.
In international human rights law, a forced disappearance (or enforced disappearance) occurs when a person is secretly abducted or imprisoned by a state or political organization or by a third party with the authorization, support, or acquiescence of a state or political organization, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the person’s fate and whereabouts, with the intent of placing the victim outside the protection of the law.
It is estimated that between 60,000 to 80,000 persons are missing since the war broke out in northern Uganda between 1986- 2006.