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Bearing Witness to: Enforced Disappearances

February 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm BMT

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Hear the voices of family members whose loved ones have been forcibly disappeared.

Enforced disappearance – what is it?  The act of making someone disappear against their will, often suddenly, and usually for political reasons.  It refers to the arrest, detention, or abduction of a person, followed by a refusal of authorities to acknowledge the fate of that person.  

When did it happen?  How did it happen?  What are the underlying causes and what rights do citizens have?


Shui-meng Ng, wife of Sombath Somphone who was disappeared off the streets of Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic.(Date of Disappearance: Dec 2012

Susanna Liew, wife of Pastor Raymond Koh who was disappeared off the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Date of Disappearance: Feb 2017)

Simon Chang, himself — disappeared at train station, Hong Kong (Date of Disappearance: Aug 2019 and reappeared 15 days later)

In partnership with Citizens Against Enforced Disappearances (CAGED) in Malaysia, join us for a compelling online event to hear first-hand from Laos, Malaysia, and Hong Kong citizens who have been traumatized by the disappearance of their loved ones, and how they are fighting back.

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Rama Ramanathan served for 5 years as a member of the steering committee of Bersih, Malaysia’s movement for free and fair elections and democracy. Rama has researched and written extensively about parliamentary practices, deaths in custody, and independent police commissions and is the spokesperson for Citizens Against Enforced Disappearances (CAGED), in Malaysia.


Professor Kishu Daswani has been teaching law at the Government Law College, Mumbai for over 25 years. He is a lecturer at the Masters in Public Policy Program, Human Rights and Business Law at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. In the past, he has taught at the University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, at the Maharashtra Judicial Academy, Uttan, Mumbai, and at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia and International and Humanitarian Law at the Rotary Peace Centre at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.


February 26
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm BMT
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5 thoughts on “Bearing Witness to: Enforced Disappearances

  1. I am interested to learn about displaced people of Myanmar

  2. I am excited to attend some of your events. I am the ChairWomen of the Program at West Seattle Rotary CLub in Washington.
    Can I please have the email or be contacted by one of your members to do a zoom presentation to our club when we select Peace Month In May or June. We meet on zoom on Tuesday at noon. We can give you the link and you can present for 20 minutes…I can give more information when I have a contact. Thank you so very much,
    Christine Peak

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