GENEVA (8 April 2021) – United Nations Enforced Disappearances Committee (CED) will hold its upcoming sessions from April 12 to May 7, including reviewing the country reports of Switzerland, Colombia and Mongolia.
The 20th session will begin on April 12 at 12:30 Geneva time, and will be handled by a survivor of enforced disappearance in 2018. The woman, who joined from Mexico, will pay tribute to all victims of enforced disappearance and share her views. about the impact of the Committee’s work in its case. The opening and victim’s testimony will be broadcast on the web Web TV.
During the session, the Committee, which has received individual country reports from Switzerland, Colombia and Mongolia, and input from non-governmental organizations, will discuss various issues with the respective State delegations.
Among the possible issues to be discussed:
Switzerland (April 13-15): domestic law on enforced disappearances; wrong transfer of children; measures taken to respect the principle of non-refoulement in cases of enforced disappearance; training of relevant state officials on the prevention and eradication of enforced disappearances.
Colombia (19-20 April): harmonization of domestic law with International Conventions, search & investigation & reparations mechanisms.
(21-23 April): criminalization, investigation and prevention of enforced disappearances, including measures to ensure respect for fundamental legal protections and to maintain accurate records of all persons deprived of their liberty.
The above public dialogue will be held online and live broadcast. Further information on the 20th session, including reports submitted by States Parties and schedules for public dialogue, is now available at session site.