31-12-2002 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 848, by Sophie Martin
This article introduces the problematic of missing persons in reference to the relevant existing international rules in armed conflict and outlines measures designed to address the phenomenon and to respond to the needs of families that have lost contact with their relatives.
Uncertainty about the fate of missing persons is a harsh reality for countless families affected by armed conflicts or internal violence. Existing international rules are designed to prevent persons from becoming unaccounted for and to ensure that missing persons do not remain missing, but are often not put into practice. The short introductory artic le describes the problematic and outlines measures in different fields to narrow the phenomenon and to respond to the needs of families that have lost contact with their relatives.