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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 reports to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented. States must report within two years of ratifying the Convention. The Committee examines each report and addresses its concerns and recommendations to the State party in the form of "concluding observations”.

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. In addition to the reporting procedure, article 32 of the Convention provides for the Committee to consider inter-state complaints.

The Committee meets in Geneva and holds two sessions per year.

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