Practice Relating to Rule 117. Accounting for Missing Persons
Section A. Search for missing persons
In 2009, in its Report on Foreign Policy, Switzerland’s Federal Council stated:
Programmes on the civilian promotion of peace will in the future also seek to focus on topics necessary for ensuring the sustainability of peace processes and considered a priority for Switzerland, such as … dealing with the past.
In the context of processes for dealing with the past, Switzerland, for example, supports countries concerned in the realization of their obligations concerning … the search for missing persons … In 2008, it notably engaged in the protection of archives in Guatemala and in the treatment of the issue of missing persons in the Balkans.
In 2011, Switzerland’s Federal Council issued a Communiqué on the continuation of measures promoting peace and human security 2012–2016, which stated: “Switzerland will also concretely accompany the efforts of governments and civil society actors, in a sexospecific manner, to find missing persons (exhumations)[.]”
The Communiqué also stated:
Humanitarian dialogue in the North Caucasus
… The Centre for Civil Assistance to Search for Missing People
, created in 2006, collects data about missing persons. A list of about 7000 names have been made public on internet. … Financed and assisted by the Confederation, the implementation of the project is guaranteed by two Russian non-governmental organizations and by the foundation Swisspeace.
In 2012, in its Report on Foreign Policy 2011, Switzerland’s Federal Council stated: “Switzerland has also continued its efforts – with the support of the authorities and civil society – to improve the human security of the civilian populations in the North Caucasus, in particular through the search for persons who went missing during the armed conflicts in the 1990s.”