The Association for Social Research and Communication (UDIK), in cooperation with the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Peace Building Network, organized the commemoration of the International Day of the Disappeared on August 30 in front of the memorial for children of Sarajevo killed during siege.
On this occasion, ''living sculptures'' were presented, which consisted of installations designed by family members of the missing in order to represent their beloved ones and involve citizens in a dialog and explain the importance of the problem of missing persons.
During the commemoration, it was once again stated that families of the missing have the right to know the truth about the fate of their beloved ones, and the society in general has the legal and moral obligation to help them in their search. Persons attending the event were invited to sign a petition calling on authorities to maintain the efforts in locating and identifying persons that are still registered as missing.
''For us, it is devastating that after 20 years we as representatives of the civil society are still speaking about the great number of missing persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region of former Yugoslavia. For this reason, this gathering, but also this form of commemoration, aims at putting as much pressure as possible on the state for the purpose of a more comprehensive and faster search for the missing in Bosnia and Herzegovina'', said the coordinator of UDIK, Edvin Kanka Ćudić.
The total number of missing persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina amounts to 34,965. Search is still ongoing in case of 7,000 persons. For this reason, we are remembering all missing persons and expressing our support to families that still have not been able to enforce their fundamental humanitarian right – finding out the truth about the fate of their beloved ones.
We remind of the fact that the United Nations, at the initiative of Latin American associations gathering families of missing persons and forcibly disappeared persons, designated August 30 as the International Day of the Disappeared. This day is a crucial occasion of the year to once again remind of solving cases of missing persons, but also to raise the awareness of the public regarding any piece of information about a missing person.