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Committee on Enforced Disappearances


Introduction

The Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) is the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention by the States Parties.

All States parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented.

States must report initially within two years of accepting the Convention. The Committee examines each report and shall make such suggestions and general recommendations on the report as it may consider appropriate and shall forward these to the State Party concerned.

In accordance with article 31, a State Party may at the time of ratification of this Convention or at any time afterwards declare that it recognizes the competence of the Committee to receive and consider communications from or on behalf of individuals subject to its jurisdiction claiming to be victims of a violation by this State Party of provisions of this Convention.

The Committee shall meet in Geneva and normally hold two sessions per year.


RECENT SIGNATURES AND RATIFICATIONS:


RECENT RATIFICATIONS/ACCESSIONS

On 14 August 2013, Lithuania ratified the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and recognised the competence of the Committee under article 31.

On 27 June 2013, Cambodia acceded to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

On 28 May 2013, Morocco ratified the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

RECENT SIGNATURES

On 24 September 2013, Guinea Bissau signed the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

Status of CED ratifications

Status of CED ratifications (map)

UPCOMING EVENTS AND DEVELOPMENTS:

Fifth session of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances (4 to 15 November 2013), Geneva, Palais des Nations

RECENT EVENTS:

Elections of members of the Committee (28 May 2013, UN Headquarters New York, room 6 NLB) - Webcast

Fourth session of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances (8 to 19 April 2013, Geneva, Palais des Nations, room XII)

Workshop on the Prevention and Protection Mechanisms of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances, 28-30 August 2013, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Press release in E and S (PDF)

HIGHLIGHTS:

30 August - 3rd International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, Press releases in French and Spanish- Please watch this video
Reporting Guidelines (PDF)
Statement of CED on Treaty Bodies Strengthening
Decision of CED on Addis Ababa guidelines

PRESS RELEASES:

The Convention

The Convention
Text of the Convention
Status of ratification
Elaboration of the Convention
Letter dated 25 January 2012 to Member States promoting ratification and cooperation with the Committee"
E F S (PDF)

 

The Committee and its work

Elections
Urgent Actions

Guidance and Model for the request for an urgent action by the Committee on Enforced Disappearances
E F S

 

Petitions

Guidance and Model Form for submission of communications to the Committee on Enforced Disappearances
E-F-S

 

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External links*

Amnesty International

Human Rights Watch

International Federation for Human Rights

International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances

TRIAL

World Organisation Against Torture

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