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UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances to review Japan, Mexico, and Portugal


GENEVA (1 November 2018) – The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) will meet in Geneva from 5 to 16 November 2018 to review Japan and Portugal, and conduct a follow-up dialogue with Mexico. 

The Committee, which is composed of 10 international independent human rights experts, monitors implementation of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. The above States are among the 59 that have ratified the Convention and so are required to submit a report for review to the Committee.

The meetings will take place in the first floor conference room at Palais Wilson, Geneva on the following schedule:

Monday, November 5

15:00-18:00 Japan

Tuesday, November 6

10:00-13:00 Japan
15:00-18:00 Portugal

Wednesday, November 7

10:00-13:00 Portugal

Thursday, November 8


Friday, November 9

10:00-13:00 Mexico (follow-up dialogue)
15:00-18:00 Mexico (follow-up dialogue)

The recommended hashtag for the meetings will be #CED15 and the sessions will also be Webcast live.

Committee members will discuss a range of issues relating to implementation of the Convention with the respective State delegations, and also hear from NGOs and national human rights institutions. More information is available on the Committee’s Web page for the session.

The Committee is scheduled to publish its findings on Japan on Friday, November 16 and its findings on Portugal and Mexico on Monday, November 19, 2018.


For more information and media requests please contact Julia Grønnevet +41(0) 22 917 9310/jgronnevet@ohchr.org

Further information is available regarding media accreditation.


The Committee on Enforced Disappearances monitors States parties’ adherence to the Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance. The Committee is made up of 10 members who are independent human rights experts drawn from around the world, who serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of States parties. The Committee’s concluding observations are an independent assessment of States’ compliance with their human rights obligations under the treaty.

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