Stand up for the victims of enforced disappearance: Time to ratify the Convention!

On 23 December 2010, the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons against Enforced Disappearance entered into force. Today, much has been achieved, but far more remains to be done to eradicate and prevent enforced disappearances around the world. To date, only 63 out of the 193 member States of the United Nations have ratified the Convention.

On the occasion of 10th anniversary of the Convention’s entry into force, in December 2020, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances and its Secretariat reiterated their full commitment to support victims, States, civil society organizations, national human rights institutions and all actors involved in the fight against enforced disappearances, and sent a new call for all States to ratify the Convention and fully recognize the competence of the Committee.

What you can do:

  • Read the story of Isatou Jammeh, whose father and aunt disappeared when she was 14 years old: For the last decade, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances has worked to help people like Jammeh by carrying out sustained dialogues with governments, families and others to highlight and sometimes find the missing. Read the story on OHCHR.org or on Medium.com
  • Learn about our “urgent action” requests to States to locate disappeared persons: An urgent action is a request from the Committee to a State party to immediately take all necessary measures to search and locate a disappeared person. On 22 December 2020, the Committee registered its 1,000th urgent request to locate victims of enforced disappearance.
  • Learn about the Convention and the importance that States ratify it inDisparitions forcées : il y a dix ans, la Convention suspendait le temps (« Enforced Disappearances : ten years ago, the Convention suspended time », in French only)
  • Listen to one of the experts of the Committee and to the Committee’s Secretary talk about the work of CED, its successes and challenges, and the importance for all States to ratify the Convention, in a radio podcast released on the 10th anniversary of the Convention on PODBEAN and SPOTIFY