The Day of Missing Persons is being marked in South Ossetia

Thu, 31/08/2023 - 10:17

On the International Day of Missing Persons on Wednesday, August 30, with the assistance of the Chess Federation of South Ossetia and the financial assistance of the Ironsan winery, a children's chess tournament will be held.

According to the organizers of the event, it will be attended by children from the families of the missing and pupils of the Belaya Ladya chess school.

“Later, in the park in front of the Church of the Holy Mother of God, families, representatives of the authorities and public organizations will gather for a modest ceremony on the occasion of the International Day of Missing Persons,” the agency interlocutor said.

On the International Day of the Missing on Wednesday, August 30, the entire world community expresses solidarity with the families of the missing.

Around the world, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), more than 195 thousand people are listed to be missing in armed conflicts and situations of violence.

Tens of thousands of families are forced to live for many years in uncertainty about the fate of their loved ones, and this burden will be inherited by generations.

Time does not heal, only answers heal: the families of the missing have the right to know what happened to their relatives. Finding out the fate and location is a long and complicated process.

In connection with the armed conflicts in South Ossetia in the 90s and 2008, about a hundred people are listed to be missing.

Founded in 2010 under the chairmanship of the ICRC, the Missing Persons Coordination Mechanism, inclusive of all parties, is a humanitarian forum for the confidential exchange of information that could help in the search and identification of missing persons.

According to the general opinion of the participants in the process and experts, the main problem is the lack of reliable information about the possible circumstances of the disappearance and possible places of burial.

Emphasizing the humanitarian nature of the search, which does not imply the use of data for the purposes of criminal prosecution, the ICRC, the participants in the Coordination Mechanism, the families of the missing continue their appeals to anyone who may have verified information to share it anonymously through the hotlines created in 2022 (+7929 803 30 21/ +7929 803 30 22) and mailboxes installed in rural areas and in the city of Tskhinval.

Families are often the main contributors to the search and deserve to have their concerns heard. With the assistance and continued support of Commissioner for Human Rights Inal Tasoev and Acting Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy for Post-Conflict Settlement of South Ossetia Yegor Kochiev, as well as the ICRC, the families of the missing regularly participate in common events designed to strengthen a sense of unity and support, attracting public attention to the problem.

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