United Nations – Human rights - International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances (August 30, 2016)

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On this “International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances” carried out by a state or with its approval, our thoughts turn first and foremost to the suffering being endured by the people of Syria. Numerous UN reports denounce this tragic situation.

Our thoughts are also with the victims of this practice all over the world, especially in North Korea.

These serious human rights violations are unacceptable.

55,000 cases involving 105 countries have been referred to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances since its creation in 1980.

The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance establishes the right to know the truth regarding the circumstances of the enforced disappearance, the progress and results of the investigation and the fate of the disappeared person.

France calls on all states that have not yet done so to ratify this text and to recognize the competence of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances