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Fact Sheet No. 6 (Rev. 4): Enforced Disappearances


31 March 2023

Enforced disappearance has become a global problem and is not restricted to a specific region of the world. The enforced disappearance of persons infringes upon a range of human rights embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and set out in both International Covenants on human rights as well as in other major international human rights instruments. This Fact Sheet focuses on the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons From Enforced Disappearance, its international monitoring provisions. The publication discusses the establishment of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, in 1980, by the Commission on Human Rights and the Working Group’s mandate to assist families in determining the fate and whereabouts of their relatives and monitoring implementation of the 1992 Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. The Fact Sheet also provides practical information about the role of the Working Group and includes the form for submitting a communication on a victim of an enforced or involuntary disappearance.