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UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances issues findings on Cuba, Ecuador and Senegal

​GENEVA (17 March 2017) – The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances has published its findings on Cuba, Ecuador and Senegal, which it reviewed during its latest session, held from 6 to 17 March in Geneva.

The findings cover how the respective State is doing with regard to implementing the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, detailing positive developments, main areas of concern, and recommendations for action.  The findings, officially known as concluding observations, can be found here.

The Committee will next meet from 4 to 15 September when it is due to review Gabon and Lithuania.

More details can be found here.

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Background

What is CED and why it matters?

The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED) is an international human rights instrument of the United Nations intended to prevent enforced disappearance. The text was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 20 December 2006 and came into force on 23 December 2010.  As of December 2016, 56 States have ratified the Convention.

The ratification of the Convention by a State expresses its political will to end enforced disappearance and to protect its own citizens from this heinous practice.

If the principles of the Convention are fully implemented, then the practice of enforced disappearance can be eradicated and people can be effectively protected from enforced disappearance all over the world.

This protection is essential for the citizens of those States which experienced the tragedy of disappearance in the past and/or continue to experience it in the present. The same protection is also fundamental for the citizens of those States which did not experience enforced disappearance in their recent history as a preventive measure, as political regimes change and also democracy may turn in an oppressive regime.

The Convention  matters for people in every country, as it defends the rights of the disappeared and their families, combats impunity and prevents new cases of enforced disappearance from occurring.
To find out more about the Committee on Enforced Disappearances, please go here. 

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