Advances and progress in the obligation to return the remains of missing and forcibly disappeared persons

This article analyzes the evolution in international law of the obligation to search for and return the remains of forcibly disappeared and missing persons. Receiving the remains of forcibly disappeared and missing persons is one of the primary needs of their families, who bring the issue to international courts and nonjudicial mechanisms. This obligation has been incrementally recognized and developed by different human rights courts, which have included the obligation to search for and return the remains of disappeared persons in their remedies. In parallel to the development of the obligation by international courts, the international community has begun to become more involved in assisting in return of the remains of forcibly disappeared and missing persons to their families.

About the author

Grażyna Baranowska
Polish Academy of Sciences

Dr Grażyna Baranowska is a Senior Researcher at the Poznan Human Rights Centre of the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Memory Laws in European and Comparative Perspectives (MELA) research consortium.