The Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance met on December 19 in Geneva, under the joint presidency of France and Argentina.
France welcomes the decision to make the Committee on Enforced Disappearance a permanent body responsible for overseeing the Convention’s implementation. This committee helps ensure that the families of those who have disappeared obtain reparations.
Initiated by France and Argentina, this convention enshrines a principle that is key to any reconciliation process: the right to know the truth about those who disappeared through a State’s action, complicity or failure to act.
Ten years after its adoption by the UN General Assembly, this convention has been ratified by 53 nations and signed by 96. France calls on all nations that have not yet done so to sign on to it, in order to make it universal.