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A day to pay tribute to the
victims of enforced disappearance



Dear friends,

"It was better to know the worst, whatever it was, than to be left in this hideous uncertainty.” Many loved ones of missing persons will undoubtedly recognize themselves in this quote by Oscar Wilde. Between hope and disillusion, the disappearance of a loved one puts families through true psychological torture and lasting damage. This is the reason why the relatives of disappeared persons are also recognized as full victims.

August 30 was the International Day for Victims of Enforced Disappearances. The opportunity to pay tribute to them, putting faces on the suffering endured and to learn about the projects underway so that the victims of this international crime can find justice.

TRIAL international supports victims of enforced disappearances and their quest for justice all over the world. For example, in Mexico, where we have won a few victories this year, or in Gambia. Gambia is still trying to shed light on the murder of more than 50 West African migrants in 2005.

Wishing you a pleasant read,

The TRIAL International team


PS: Do you know that by subscribing to a monthly donation of just 10 CHF your impact is doubled? You become a crucial player in ending impunity for international crimes and you enable us to accompany victims in the long run! 




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