UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances to review Switzerland, Colombia and Mongolia


The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) will hold its upcoming session from 12 April to 7 May, including to review country reports of Switzerland, Colombia and Mongolia.

The 20th session will begin on 12 April at 12:30 pm Geneva time, and will be addressed by a survivor of an enforced disappearance in 2018. The woman, joining from Mexico, will pay tribute to all victims of enforced disappearances and share her views about the impact of the Committee’s work in her case. The opening and the victim’s testimony will be webcast on UN web TV.

During the session, the Committee, which has received the respective country reports from Switzerland, Colombia and Mongolia, and submissions from non-governmental organisations, will discuss a range of issues with the respective State delegations.

Among the possible issues likely to be discussed: 

Switzerland (13-15 April): domestic legislation on enforced disappearances; wrongful removal of children; measures taken to respect the principle of non-refoulement in case of risk of enforced disappearance; training of relevant State officials on the prevention of and combat against enforced disappearances.

Colombia (19-20 April): harmonisation of domestic legislation with the International Convention, search & investigation mechanisms & reparation.

Mongolia (21-23 April): criminalization, investigation and prevention of enforced disappearance, including measures to ensure the respect of fundamental legal safeguards and keep accurate records of all persons deprived of liberty.

The above public dialogues will be held online and livecast

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