- v, 241 p. ; 23 cm.
- Contents: The notion of enforced or involuntary disappearances -- The rights violated -- The right to life -- The right to liberty and security of the person -- The right to humane treatment -- The right to the recognition as a person before the law -- The right to know the truth -- Specific questions related to children's rights -- The right to a remedy (I): access to justice -- The right to a remedy (II): reparation to victims of enforced disappearances -- The right to a remedy (III): access to factual information concerning the violations -- Conclusions: the need for a comprehensive and coherent framework of prevention and protection in cases of enforced disappearances.Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-238) and index.Summary: "It was from Argentina, in the years 1976 to 1983, that the world heard the cries of the families of los desaparecidos, the disappeared--20,000 to 30,000 people made to vanish forever by official sleight of hand. In the years since, the scope and range of governmentally sanctioned kidnappings has spread exponentially, making enforced disappearances a truly global problem. This volume provides an in-depth legal investigation of involuntary disappearances as defined by national and international law. Beginning with a detailed discussion of what constitutes an enforced disappearance, it goes on to consider how various international organizations such as the United Nations view this problem. Using the Multiple Rights Approach, enforced disappearances are examined as a violation of internationally defined basic rights such as the right to personal freedom, the right to protection against torture and the right to a judicial remedy. Viewpoints of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the European System of Protection are scrutinized with special consideration regarding the international laws applicable to the problem. The availability (or lack thereof) of restitution and compensation for material damage, mental and physical anguish, and loss of opportunity is also addressed. Finally, the work considers the need for a comprehensive and coherent framework when dealing with enforced disappearances. "--Provided by publisher.