To enable the International Convention on Enforced Disappearance to enter into force, nations must accept their responsibilities
Paris, 30 August 2007
On 30 August, the International Day of the Disappeared, FIACAT calls on the 57 countries which on 6 February 2007 signed the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, and the countries which have signed since then, to ratify it as soon as possible.
FIACAT also encourages those countries which have not yet signed this new instrument to do so without delay.
The Convention, which was adopted on 20 December 2006 by the United Nations General Assembly in New York, needs to be ratified by 20 countries before it can come into force.
The International Convention on Enforced Disappearance is one of the most ambitious human rights instruments ever adopted by the United Nations. Forced disappearance now constitutes a crime, and may even be an element of a crime against humanity. Victims, or their families, are recognised as having the right to know the truth, and as entitled to protection and reparation. Countries have an obligation to take preventive measures, by increasing safeguards in connection with detention, and in particular by imposing an absolute ban on secret detention.
The crime of forced disappearance still unfortunately has great contemporary relevance in various regions of the world, even under democratic regimes. This day provides an opportunity to remind countries of their human rights and humanitarian law obligations towards people who have disappeared and their family members.
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