COMMITTEE ON ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES
On 3 March, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances, the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances, and the International Coalition against Enforced Disappearances held a joint webinar on
“sharing experiences and positive outcomes of actions taken to promote the ratification of the Convention and way forward”.
The High Commissioner delivered an
opening speech, highlighting the importance of the universal ratification of the Convention for the protection of all persons against enforced disappearance, and reiterating the support of the Office in this endeavour.
Panel speakers included States high level representatives, victims of enforced disappearances and CSOs from Argentina, Bosnia Herzegovina, France, Indonesia, Lebanon, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines and Sudan. Interventions underlined that enforced disappearances remain a worldwide scourge that can amount to a crime against humanity, and that all States have the responsibility to eradicate and prevent them, including through the ratification of the Convention and the recognition of the Committee’s competence to examine individual and interstate communications. All insisted on the key role of the actions taken by civil society, national human rights institutions and human rights mechanisms to this end.
The webinar counted with the participation of more than 250 people from all regions of the world.