Mandate of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances

In resolution 20 (XXXVI) of 29 February 1980, the Commission on Human Rights decided to "establish for a period of one year a working group consisting of five of its members, to serve as experts in their individual capacities, to examine questions relevant to enforced or involuntary disappearances of persons".

Since then, the mandate has been renewed and extended to cover a wide range of activities. The last resolution renewing the mandate of the Working Group, A/HRC/RES/45/3, was adopted by the Human Rights Council in October 2020.

The Working Group is mandated to:

  • Continue making efforts to disseminate information and promote understanding of the Convention
  • Consult with various stakeholders through calls for input and interactive dialogues, and submit annual reports on thematic issues
  • Submit post-sessional reports after each of its sessions
  • Carry out country visits and provide advisory services, when requested
  • Monitor the progress of States in fulfilling their obligations deriving from the Declaration
  • Provide assistance to Governments in its implementation.

In addition to its original mandate, the WGEID was entrusted with monitoring States’ progress in implementing the 1992 Declaration on the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance. The Working Group draws the attention of Governments and non-governmental organizations to different aspects of the Declaration and recommends ways of overcoming obstacles to the realization of its provisions. In this capacity, the Working Group has a preventive role, by assisting States in overcoming obstacles to the realization of the Declaration.

Read more about the issue of enforced disappearance and the actions of the Working Group and related mechanisms.

Resolutions

General Assembly Resolutions

GA Document Symbol Title

General Assembly resolution

A/RES/74/161

International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

General Assembly resolution

A/RES/72/183

International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

General Assembly resolution

A/RES/70/160

International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

General Assembly resolution

A/RES/69/169

International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

General Assembly resolution

A/RES/68/166

International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

General Assembly resolution

A/RES/67/180

Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

General Assembly resolution

A/RES/66/160

Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

General Assembly resolution

A/RES/56/171

Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances

General Assembly resolution

A/RES/55/103

Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances

General Assembly resolution

A/RES/53/150

Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances

General Assembly resolution

A/RES/51/94

Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances

General Assembly resolution

A/RES/49/193

Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances


Human Rights Council

HRC Document Symbol

Title

Human Rights Council A/HRC/RES/45/3Enforced or involuntary disappearances
Human Rights Council A/HRC/RES/36/6Enforced or involuntary disappearances
Human Rights Council A/HRC/RES/27/1Enforced or involuntary disappearances
Human Rights Council A/HRC/RES/21/4Enforced or involuntary disappearances
Human Rights Council A/HRC/RES/16/16Enforced or involuntary disappearances
Human Rights Council A/HRC/RES/14/10Enforced or involuntary disappearances
Human Rights Council A/HRC/RES/10/10 Enforced or involuntary disappearances
Human Rights Council A/HRC/7/12 Enforced or involuntary disappearances


Commission on Human Rights (predecessor to the Human Rights Council)

CHR
Document Symbol
Title

Commission on Human Rights

E/CN.4/RES/2004/40

Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances

Commission on Human Rights

E/CN.4/RES/2003/38

Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances

Commission on Human Rights

E/CN.4/RES/2002/41

Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances

Commission on Human Rights

E/CN.4/RES/2000/37

Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances

Commission on Human Rights

E/CN.4/RES/1999/38

Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances

Commission on Human Rights

E/CN.4/RES/1998/40

Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances

Commission on Human Rights

E/CN.4/RES/1997/26

Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances

Commission on Human Rights

E/CN.4/RES/1996/30

Question of enforced disappearances

Commission on Human Rights

E/CN.4/RES/1995/38

Question of enforced disappearances

Commission on Human Rights

E/CN.4/RES/1994/39

Question of enforced disappearances

Commission on Human Rights

E/CN.4/RES/1993/35

Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances

Commission on Human Rights

E/CN.4/RES/1992/30

Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances

Commission on Human Rights

E/CN.4/RES/1991/41

Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances

Commission on Human Rights

E/CN.4/RES/1990/30

Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances

Commission on Human Rights E/CN.4/RES/1989/27Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances
Commission on Human Rights E/CN.4/RES/1988/34Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances
Commission on Human Rights E/CN.4/RES/1987/27Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances
Commission on Human Rights E/CN.4/RES/1986/55Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances
Commission on Human Rights E/CN.4/RES/1985/20Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances
Commission on Human Rights E/CN.4/RES/1984/23Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances
Commission on Human Rights E/CN.4/RES/1983/20Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances
Commission on Human Rights E/CN.4/RES/1982/24Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances
Commission on Human Rights E/CN.4/RES/1981/10Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances
Commission on Human Rights E/CN.4/RES/1980/20Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances