Various community groups in San Francisco gather

to commemorate the International Day of the Disappeared



August 30, 2009


The Netherlands     Baguio City     Manila



The observance of the date was started by the Federation of Association of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared (Federación Latinoamericana de Asociaciones de Familiares de Detenidos-Desaparecidos, or FEDEFAM) based in Costa Rica in 1982. The tradition has been adopted by many human rights advocates and organizations worldwide.


Photos courtesy of A.V. David


On August 30th, organizers, artists, students, and cultural performers from various community groups came together to commemorate the International Day of the Disappeared and draw attention to the increasing political abduction, extra-judicial killings and imprisonment of people from the Philippines, Palestine, Mexico, Iraq, and other parts of the world.

Sponsored by: SF Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (SF CHRP), Filipino American Center of SF Library, Iraq Vets Against the War (IVAW), People of Color Action Theater (POCAT), Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC), International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN), Action and Resistance Collective (ARCO), food not bombs

Location: San Francisco Public Library