Practice Relating to Rule 117. Accounting for Missing Persons
Section D. Right of the families to know the fate of their relatives
Argentina’s Law of War Manual (1989) provides that a general principle is “for families to have the right to know the fate of their relatives”.
The manual also provides that the High Contracting Parties and the parties to the conflict shall in particular
facilitate enquiries made by members of families dispersed owing to the war, with the object of renewing contact with one another and of meeting, if possible. All persons in the territory of a Party to the conflict, or in a territory occupied by it, shall be enabled to give news of a strictly personal nature to members of their families, wherever they may be, and to receive news from them.