17. Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (1992)
(Proclaimed by the General Assembly, resolution 47/133, A/RES/47/133, 18 December 1992)


Article 6

       1.    No order or instruction of any public authority, civilian, military or other, may be invoked to justify an enforced disappearance.  Any person receiving such an order or instruction shall have the right and duty not to obey it.

       2.    Each State shall ensure that orders or instructions directing, authorizing or encouraging any enforced disappearance are prohibited.

       3.    Training of law enforcement officials shall emphasize the provisions in paragraphs 1 and 2 of the present article.