New Publication Takes Stock of the Achievements and Jurisprudence of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances

Ten years after the entry into force of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, The Work of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances takes stock of what the United Nations (UN) Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) – in charge of monitoring the implementation of the Convention – has achieved and details its jurisprudence as it stands today.

From Disappearances Committed by Non-State Actors to the Right to Truth

Since its establishment ten years ago, the CED has progressively constructed its jurisprudence in the context of the examination of states’ reports, by addressing urgent action requests and individual complaints, and in daily support of victims and civil society organizations in the eradication and prevention of enforced disappearance.

Authored by Maria Clara Galvis Patiño – Professor of International Human Rights Law and a former CED member –, the publication details the CED’s jurisprudence on 32 issues and topics, including transnational disappearances, disappearances committed by non-State actors, the duty to investigate, the duty to search, the prohibition of secret detention, the right to truth, participation of victims in procedures or the gender dimension of the Convention.

‘This comprehensive presentation of our Committee’s jurisprudence and achievements is an excellent tool to show in detail how its work has developed. It can and should be used by ministries, civil society, judiciaries, and other actors alike in the daily struggle to prevent and eradicate enforced disappearances in every corner of the earth’ says Barbara Lochbihler, a Member of CED and rapporteur on this publication.

Niger,  Yola, internally displaced settlement. A photo of a missing person.

Launch at the CED

The publication was presented by the CED Chair Mohammed Ayat at the opening of the Committee’s 21st session that takes place in Geneva from 13 to 24 September 2021. A number of launch events are planned, both in presence and online, to ensure worldwide dissemination of the publication over the coming months.

Part of the Geneva Human Rights Platform’s Support to UN Treaty Bodies

This publication forms part of the Geneva Human Rights Platform’s support to UN treaty bodies via its Treaty Body Members’ Platform, a unique tool that connects experts in UN TBs with each other as well as with Geneva-based practitioners, academics and diplomats to share expertise, exchange views on topical questions and develop synergies.

‘For us, coordinating this publication is a perfect opportunity to confirm our support to the CED. The Geneva Human Rights Platform is precisely designed to enhance the functionality, but also the outreach and visibility of the Geneva-based UN human rights mechanisms, to which this new publication will greatly contribute’ explains Felix Kirchmeier, Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.

MORE ON THIS THEMATIC AREA

News

Engaging Policy Makers on Tech Regulation using the UNGPs

27 September 2021

To highlight the necessity of a human rights-based approach to regulatory efforts in the technology sector, we co-organized with the UN Human Rights B-Tech Project and the Centre for Democracy & Technology’s Europe Office a multi-stakeholder consultation attended by business, academia, civil society and state representatives.

Read more

Tegucigalpa, Central Park. Pedestrians are looking at portraits of missing persons, during the International Day of Missing Persons. News

New Publication Takes Stock of the Achievements and Jurisprudence of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances

14 September 2021

Ten years after the entry into force of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, The Work of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances takes stock of what the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances has achieved and details its jurisprudence as it stands today.

Read more

Logo of the Atlas Network Event

Women's Perspectives on a Career in International Law

7 February 2022, 12:30-14:00

In this online event co-organized with the ATLAS Network, prominent women in international law will share their experience and advice through an interactive discussion.

Read more

An aerial view of camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), which have appeared following latest attacks by M23 rebels and other armed groups in the North Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Short Course

International Refugee Law

9 March - 13 April 2022

This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, analyses the main international and regional norms governing the international protection of refugees. It notably examines the sources of international refugee law, including the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and their interaction with human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Read more

Syria,  Aleppo, great Umayyad mosque. Destructions. Short Course

The Interplay between International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

11 February - 4 March 2022

This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, focuses on the specific issues that arise in times of armed conflict regarding the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights. It addresses key issues like the applicability of human rights in times of armed conflict; the possibilities of restricting human rights under systems of limitations and derogations; and the extraterritorial application of human rights law.

Read more

First annual conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform Project

The Annual Conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform

Started in June 2019

Read more

Séléka rebels patrol in the town of Bria, Central African Republic (CAR). Project

Human Rights Responsibilities and Armed Non-State Actors

Completed in June 2018

This research aims at building a common understanding and vision as to how states and the relevant parts of the UN system can provide a concrete and practical framework to address human rights responsibilities of armed non-state actors.

Read more

cover of the publication Publication

Towards Global Transitional Justice?

published on January 2022

Olivier de Frouville

Read more

Cover of the publication Publication

Regulatory Approaches to Online Harms and Human Rights: Three Case Studies

published on January 2022

Ana Beduschi

Read more