Today marks the fourth observance of the International Day of Enforced Disappearances by the United Nations and presents an opportunity to highlight some cases from years gone by that are not as well known as the case of the 43 Mexican students from Ayotzinapa for example.
|Cuba: Claudia von Weiss de Venegas|
|Cuba: Omar Darío Pérez Hernández|
Human rights defender and lawyer Razan Zaitouneh, head of the Violations Documentation Centre in Syria (VDC), winner of the 2011 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and the 2011 Anna Politkovskaya Award of RAW in WAR (Reach All Women In War), along with her colleagues Samira Khalil, Nazem Hamadi and Wa’el Hamada on December 9, 2013, were taken during a raid by armed men on the offices of the VDC in Duma, near Damascus. They remain missing.
including a Catholic bishop, but the ongoing campaign of disappearing independent lawyers for more than 40 days among them WangYu, LiHeping, SuiMuqing, and XieYang raises great concerns.