Practice Relating to Rule 117. Accounting for Missing Persons
Section A. Search for missing persons
Chad’s Instructor’s Manual (2006) states: “Searches must be carried out to trace missing persons.”
Chad’s Decree on the Establishment of a Commission of Inquiry (2008) states:
Article 1: A Commission of inquiry has been established for the events that occurred in the Republic of Chad from 28 January to 08 February 2008 and their consequences.
Article 2: The mission of the commission of inquiry is to find and provide information about people reported missing … As such, it is responsible for the following tasks:
- receive, hear or interview anyone complaining of a case of disappearance of relatives, friends or allies;
- conduct any research that could shed light on the exact circumstances of the disappearance of a person;
- conduct investigations abroad and/or in Chad, particularly in areas that suffered badly from the consequences of the events, in particular Oum Hadjer, Ati, N'Djamena, Massaguet, Bitkine, Mongo, Aboudeïa and Am-Timan;
- produce an inquiry report addressed to the President of the Republic.