30 August 2016 12:00 - 14:00

Clarifying the Fate of Missing Persons

About the event

On 30 August 2016, 12.00-14.00, the ICRC will host a panel on ''Clarifying the fate of missing persons: challenges in international humanitarian law and international human rights law'' to commemorate the International Day of the Disappeared 2016.

Hundreds of thousands of people are currently missing around the world from armed conflicts, violence, natural disasters and migration. The ICRC works in around 70 countries and territories by helping the governments to establish legal frameworks and processes to end the haunting silence that disappearance leaves behind, amongst other activities. The panel will discuss the important accomplishments attained so far and good practices, as well as the remaining obstacles that hamper the collective efforts made towards the clarification of the fate and whereabouts of missing persons.

During the public event, two new videos on Nepal and Kosovo will be screened and a graphic novel from Colombia will be presented.


  • Peter Maurer, President of the ICRC, video message


  • Charles Sabga, Legal Advisor, ICRC Advisory Service on IHL


  • Dr Lisa Ott, Co-Head of the Dealing with the Past Program at swisspeace
  • Professor Cristina Cattaneo, Head of the Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology and Odontology of the University of Milan, Italy and member of the ICRC’s Forensic Advisory Board
  • Maria Ximena Londoño, Legal Advisor, ICRC Advisory Service on IHL

A light lunch will be provided.

After the event, an audio recording will be made available on www.familylinks.icrc.org

Date & Time

30 August 2016 12:00 - 14:00

Venue address

17 avenue de la paix, 1202 Geneva