This is an audio recording of a live event.
On September 15, ICTJ organized a side event on the missing and disappeared in Syria, sponsored by the governments of Luxembourg and Finland, during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The side event—“Ensuring the Role of Victims and Families in Search Processes for the Missing and Disappeared in Syria”—brought leaders of Syrian and Colombian victims’ groups and family associations together with international experts and representatives from the Colombian government. The panel was moderated by Fernando Travesí, ICTJ’s executive director, and included Aminah Kholani, founding member of Families for Freedom, Syria; Ibrahim Olabi, barrister at Guernica 37 and chair of the Syrian Legal Development Programme; Luz Marina Monzón, director of the Colombia’s Unit for the Search of Disappeared Persons; and Gloria Gómez, leader of the Relatives of Victims of Forced Disappearance Movement and director of the Association of Families of the Detained and Disappeared.
Luxembourg’s permanent representative to the United Nations, H.E. Ambassador Olivier Maes, and Finland’s permanent representative to the United Nations, H.E. Ambassador Elina Kalkku, offered opening remarks.