Asian
Federation
Against Involuntary
Disappearances

coverEDITORIAL

Since time immemorial, people have been struggling for their rights and the rights of their family members of fellow citizens. In the modern era, those fighting for the rights of others are called human rights defenders. It has never been easy to struggle for human rights in the discourse of Member States of the UN. Human rights defenders have always been the priority of States to make efforts to protect these voices of dissent or the voices for human rights. Long after the evolution of International Humanitarian Law, the framework for the protection of human rights defenders found resonance in the discourse of Member States of the UN, When in 1984 the UN began the elaboration of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

 

 

 

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The Voice

ISSN 1655 5384

The Voice is a bi-annual publication of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD). It is providing you with the latest on human rights with focus on involuntary disappearance issue within the Asian region. AFAD welcomes contributions but reserves editorial rights.

Editorial Board

Khurram Parvez
Editor-in-Chief

 

Mary Aileen Diez-Bacalso
Associate Editor

 

Sara La Rocca and Ivanka Custodio
Managing Editors

 

Ed Gerlock
Copy Editor

 

Contributors

Khurram Parvez
Ivanka Custodio
Sara La Rocca
Tioria Pretty
Christian Gultia
Minwoo Ryu
Sazzad Hussain
Saira Rahman Khan
Amina Masood Janjua
Ruki Fernando
Mary Aileen Bacalso
Julie Choquet
Sisto dos Santos
Toni Serrano-Soriano
Ron de Vera

Council Members

BANGLADESH:
Adilur Rahman Khan, Odhikar
INDONESIA:
Yati Andriyani, The Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS)
INDONESIA:
Wanmayetti, Indonesian Association of Families of the Disap- peared (IKOHI)
KASHMIR:
Zahir Uddin, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP)
NEPAL:
Chudamani Acharya, Advocacy Forum (AF)
NEPAL:
Janak Raut, Conflict Victims’ Society for Justice (CVSJ)
PHILIPPINES:
Edita T. Burgos (OCDS), Free Jonas Burgos Movement (FJBM)
PHILIPPINES:
Nilda Lagman-Sevilla, Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearances (FIND)
THAILAND:
Boonthan Verawongse, Rel- atives Committee of the May 1992 Heroes (RCMH)
THAILAND:
Dr. Pratubjit Neelapaijit, Justice for Peace Foundation (JPF)
TIMOR-LESTE:
Sisto dos Santos, Asosiasaun HAK
PAKISTAN:
Amina Masood Janjua, De- fence for Human Rights (DHR)
SRI LANKA:
Brito Fernando, Families of the Disappeared (FOD)

 

Christian Baria
Layout Artist

 

Gorilla
Printing Press 

 

Secretariat Members

Kristina Boado, Philippine Project Coordinator
Heidi Fernandez, Regional Campaign Officer
Elyse Rafaela Conde, Fund Raiser and Assistant to the Secretary-General
Jaime Getanis, General Services Staff

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