IRRC No. 848

Overcoming tensions between family and judicial procedures

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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 article 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.

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