Recent events and activities
21st session : The 21st session of the Committee took place from 13-24 September 2021. During the session, the Committee held interactive dialogues on the initial report of Brazil and Panama, and on the additional information submitted by France and Spain and adopted a list of issues for Costa Rica, Mali and Mauritania
In compliance with Rules 15, 16 and Section X of its Rules of Procedure, the Committee elected by consensus Ms. Carmen Rosa Villa Quintana as new Chair of the Committee; Ms. Milica Kolakovic, Ms. Barbara Lochbihler and Mr. Mohammed Ayat as Vice Chairs, and Mr. Juan Pablo Albán Alencastro as Rapporteur of the Committee. The new Bureau will hold office for a term of two years.
On 13 September 2021, the Committee opened its 21st session. On this occasion, it launched a
publication on its work over its first 10 years, and it listened to the testimony and call for ratification of the Convention by a victim from Pakistan.
The Committee welcomes
the official acceptance by Mexico today, on the International Day for the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, of the visit it has requested since 2013.
International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances 2021
- In their
joint statement, the
CED and the WGEID recall the urgency to address the economic, social and cultural rights of victims of enforced disappearances. Also see on
- In his declaration, the
UN Secretary General highlights that States must fulfil their obligations to prevent enforced disappearance, to search for the victims, and to investigate, prosecute and punish the perpetrators, and reiterates his call to all States to ratify the Convention for the Protection of all Persons against Enforced Disappearance and to work with the CED and the WGEID.
The CED, the IACHR & the WGEIDjoin to recall the need for State authorities in charge of the search for disappeared persons and the investigation of their disappearance to systematically coordinate their work. Also see on