Local responses to missing persons and post-conflict peacebuilding

Image: Photo from 2013 by Flickr user Vikalpa.

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The International Commission of the Red Cross (ICRC) currently registers 100,000 people as missing due to conflict; it acknowledges that number is only a fraction of the real total (ICRC 2018). The scale of the problem of the missing, and the damaging, long-lasting impact on families and communities, creates enormous challenges for societies rebuilding after conflict. There is growing evidence that the responses of international, state and nongovernment (NGO) actors have failed to effectively address these challenges. By narrowly interpreting ‘the missing’ as a human rights problem to be resolved through transitional justice (TJ) mechanisms or an inconvenient political problem to be resolved through bureaucratic control, these responses have overlooked local understandings of the missing.

Image: Photo from 2013 by Flickr user Vikalpa.


Dr Lia Kent

Lia Kent is a Senior Fellow/Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) in the College of Asia and the Pacific at ANU...

Law, justice and human rights

RegNet is one of world’s leading centres for socio-legal research. This cluster aims to lead the development of transformative ideas in the fields of criminology and restorative justice; human rights and international law; legal pluralism; peacebuilding; the regulatory dimensions of international and domestic law; and rule of law.

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