Who we are
Act for the Disappeared (ACT) is a Lebanese human rights association founded in 2010. Its mission is to contribute to the clarification of the fate of the disappeared and missing in Lebanon, to foster a sustainable reconciliation process and to prevent the recurrence of violence in the country.
ACT’s current team is composed of a Director, two Project Managers, a Data Analyst, a Researcher, 6 Local Accompaniers, who are in charge of maintaining relations with the families of the missing, and a Financial and Administration Officer.
The organization also relies on the committed efforts of local and international volunteers who dedicate their time to assist on the execution of these projects.
What we do
Since its inception, ACT has been working with the Committee of the Families of the Kidnapped and Disappeared in Lebanon (hereon out referred to as the Committee) to lobby for the creation of a national commission to investigate the fate of the missing.
ACT also works on generating greater public visibility for the cause and engages with civil society to support the right to know of the families through the preparation and dissemination of informational materials, including TV spots, animation films, posters, publications, via creative campaigns.
In Parallel ACT works around 3 principal projects:
1. Accompaniment of the Families of the Missing and Disappeared with the ICRC
2. Investigation on the fate of the missing and protection of graves sites
3. Memorialization and intercommunity dialogues
ACT’s principal partners are the Committee of the Families of the Missing and Kidnapped in Lebanon, the Committee of the families of the missing in Syria (SOLIDE) and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Lebanon (ICRC).
ACT has also developed international partnerships with organisations such as the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), the Argentinean Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF), Memorial Abierta in Argentina and Hafiza Merkezi in Turkey. ACT has been a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience since 2014.