Criminal actors practice forced disappearances as a strategic tool of social and territorial control. Victims are often kidnapped and tortured before being killed and buried alongside several others. Unlike assassinations, disappearances enable perpetrators to obscure evidence, maintain impunity and keep homicide records low.

The ICPPED convention is centred on the state as the perpetrator. As increasing evidence links disappearances to organized crime, international and domestic policies need to account for the mutable role of the state in preventing or perpetrating disappearances. The GI’s dedicated  workstream on disappearances consolidates evidence and analyses from around the world while highlighting local perspectives to facilitate congruent policies across international, national and local levels.

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