Staunton, September 4 – “Disappearances,” where governments or their allies arrange for their enemies to simply disappear either by being murdered or kept in prisons or detained without anyone knowing where they are attracted international attention when this horrific phenomenon spread in Latin America several decades ago.
But the problem has not gone away or been confined to Latin America. Instead, it has continued right up to this day and spread to countries far removed geographically and politically from those where the practice first was identified. One place where the problem is currently especially severe is Turkmenistan.
According to the international “Show Them Alive!” campaign, “there have been hundreds of forced disappearances” in that Central Asian country. The campaign has released a list of more than 120, 27 of whom it says died while in detention and many others of whom have simply “disappeared” (gundogar.org/?022500000000000000011062019080000#18911
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The international appeal for an end to disappearances calls on the international community to resume its pressure n Ashgabat. Only if that happens, it says, is there any hope that the massive wave of disappearances there will finally end.