Deputy Special Representative for Iraq: Families of victims of enforced disappearance deserve to know the truth

BAGHDAD, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq Alice Walpole said the families of the victims of enforced disappearance deserve to know the truth.

Speaking at a gathering to mark the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearance, Walpole said there were many people who had disappeared in Iraq during decades of armed conflict, whose fate and whereabouts remained unknown. “The truth is the only compensation that we can give them.”

She recalled that the United Nations Security Council had recently adopted its first-ever resolution on persons reported missing during an armed conflict, as Resolution 2474 effectively calls on parties to armed conflict to search for missing persons, maintain contact with the families of missing persons, retrieve the dead, register and locate burial sites, and register and notify the families of detainees.

Walpole praised the Iraqi government’s work with the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances and welcomed the draft law on enforced disappearances currently before the Iraqi parliament.

In this context, the Government called for the investigation of all disappearances, the fate and whereabouts of missing persons, the return of detainees to their families and the identification and prosecution of those responsible for abductions and killings.

This is the least that the families and communities of the disappeared deserve, said Walpole.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency