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SIGNATURES AND RATIFICATIONS

Signatures: 93
Most recent: Guinea-Bissau
Date: 24 September 2013

Ratifications: 42
Most recent: Lesotho
Date: 6 December 2013 
View complete list of signatures and ratifications on UN website

Number of countries that recognise competence of the Committee to receive individual and interstate complaints: 17

Japan only accepted interstate complaints

Worldmap of signatures and ratifications

NEW MEMBERS OF ICAED

Latest members:

Desaparecidos (Philippines)

Free Jonas Burgos Movement (Philippines)

Geneva for Human Rights

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FOCAL POINT OF ICAED

The focal point of the International Coalition against Enforced Disappearances is located at the secretariat of AFAD. Please contact the focal point for more information.

Mail: fpicaed@gmail.com

To strengthen the work for the convention please link this website to the website of your organisation.

Statement of the ICAED International Week of the Disappeared

The International Week of the Disappeared was globally celebrated from the 26th to the 31st of May. To mark this important annual remembrance the ICAED published this statement.  

"This week we commemorate the International Week of the Disappeared, first initiated by the Latin American Federation of Associations of Relatives of Disappeared-Detainees (FEDEFAM) in 1981 and adopted by many organizations of families of the disappeared and civil society organizations world-wide.  The commemoration was also meant to step up the campaign against enforced disappearances which were then at their peak during the dark years of the dictatorship in many Latin American countries.  Working hard to realize the dream for a world without enforced disappearances is our most important tribute to the desaparecidos.

The International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances (ICAED), which has 52 member-organizations from various parts of the globe, gives tribute to the disappeared and their families.  A fitting tribute to them is the concretization of its mandate to campaign for the universal ratification and implementation of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (CED), the recognition of the competence of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances and the enactment of domestic laws criminalizing enforced disappearances.  This strong international human rights instrument for prevention of recurrence of enforced disappearances provides for the right NOT to be subjected to enforced disappearances.  Stemming from real-life experiences of victims of enforced disappearances, this treaty provides, among other things, the right to truth and justice and the right not to be subjected to enforced disappearance.  It considers enforced disappearance as a continuing offense and holds States proven to have committed enforced disappearances, responsible for the acts committed by its agents.  It has strong provisions on truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence [...]"

Continue reading this statement downloading the full version in English, Spanish or French below.

FINAL_2014_ICAED_IWD_STATEMENT.pdf

2014 ICAED IWD Statement English

Traduction_declaration_spanish.docx

2014 ICAED IWD Statement Spanish

Traduction_déclaration.docx

2014 ICAED IWD Statement French

ICAED RISING UP: A Unity Statement

The 2nd ICAED General Membership Conference, Geneva, Switzerland, 24 – 27 March 2014

 

We, human rights organizations from

 

Belarus, Cyprus, Indonesia, Morocco, Philippines, Switzerland, Western Sahara, including the online participation of organizations from France, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, Thailand, Uruguay, gather here in Geneva, Switzerland during the last week of the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council in the spirit of international solidarity to step up our global campaign for the universal ratification and full implementation of the UN Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. We evaluated our work; read the signs of the times on the phenomenon of enforced disappearance in our respective countries; and sharpened our strategies in campaigning for the end of enforced disappearance and impunity worldwide.

 

We renew our common commitment to attain a world without disappeared people.

 

Enforced Disappearance: A Present Global Problem

 

Even after the long years of struggle against this most heinous of human rights violations, someone, somewhere is still disappeared or is under the threat of being disappeared by repressive and non-repressive governments in many parts of the world. Enforced disappearance violates the most basic rights of a person – the right to security and dignity, right to fair trial, right not to be tortured, right to truth, right to have effective investigation and remedies, right to family life, and when the disappeared is killed, the right to identification and proper burial or cremation. Its persistence is a grave threat to the values and principles that we hold dear as democratic societies. Without an appropriate and urgent response, more will add to the long list of desaparecidos worldwide.

 

The total number of cases transmitted by the Working Group to Governments since its inception is 53,986 The number of cases under active consideration that have not yet been clarified, closed or discontinued stands at 42,889 in a total of 84 States. These numbers do not take into account the massive underreporting of cases in many countries in the world. From the reports of the Working Group, different human rights organizations, specially our member organizations, disappearances are still happening in alarming numbers in Asia, the Euro-Mediterranean, Africa and even Latin America, among other regions [...]

 

Download the full statement here in English and French (Spanish coming soon)

 

ICAED_Unity_Statement_Mar_2014.docx

ICAED Unity Statement English

ICAED_Unity_Statement_Mar_2014_français.docx

ICAED Unity Statement French

Extract of the keynote speech by Emmanuel Decaux President of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances, on the opening of the ICAED Meeting

"The annual meeting of the ICAED is a very important opportunity to liaise with you, as well as with others stakeholders. Unfortunately, I know that a lot of members of the coalition were not able to come to Geneva, due to financial restraints or other commitments. I will ask to your chairperson, Ms Mary Aileen Bacalso, to send to them all my best wishes, on behalf of the Committee on enforced disappearances, and to hope that next year they could have the same opportunity to liaise directly with UN bodies and State parties, here, in Geneva. 

I used to say that the convention is “victim-oriented”, it is not a formula, it a strong commitment for each member of the Committee, in exercising our duties and or responsibilities. The courageous and perilous work of grass-root organizations, in difficult situations is the frontline for the defense of human rights and specially the fight against enforced disappearance. It is an “anonymous crime” and to break the wall of silence and fear, is the first step to trigger international protection. We need the information from the family and the relative, from the grass-root organizations working on the turf as well as front the strong network of international NGOs, with your regional groups and the ICAED. 

As you know, after formal consultations, the Committee adopted a strong position about the cooperation with civil society. The openness of reporting process, under article 29, depend of the contribution of all stakeholders, as well as the appeal for urgent actions, according to article 30, or the files of article 33 about country visit after credible allegations of gross violations of the CED. We are working in the same way to draft a paper on the cooperation with Human Rights National institutions which will be put on the website of the Committee for comments."

(Click on the title to download the complete keynote speech)

ICAED Meeting Geneva 2014: Bettancourt remembers her disappeared brother

TESTIMONY

Francisco, my brother, every time I look at your photo I realize you did not changed. I know that you are somewhere in this planet; but you're not. That yes, you changed, maybe you got old in moments of pain, that you suffered and your hair, your face, your clothes are now different...

We searched for you everywhere, we scanned the horizon and the letters, we expected a phone call, we hoped someone had seen you in the jails of the dictatorship. We even talked to the traitors for some clues, some hint that confirmed us that you had been seen somewhere. We wanted to convince ourselves that you had succeeded escaping from the clutches of the executioners.

When I arrived here to Geneva after ten years of dictatorship I wanted to believe that you could still be hidden somewhere or in the exiled. I made ​​calls through radio and magazines, I contacted your former colleagues, but I could not get more than confirmation that you had been a victim of enforced disappearance in your own country:

Pinochet 's henchmen had made ​​you disappear!

I know that the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance will not make you come back alive, not even those who made you disappeared will face trial, but I know that this Convention will, now and in the future, be an obstacle to tyrants and that this scourge will stop someday.

Other sons, brothers, fathers, husbands won’t disappear leaving an immense void in society and in their families.The only way that this can be an effective, efficient and lasting convention, is that all countries ratify it and accept the committee and that all human rights are respected.

With this Convention new rights have been born, and I want to emphasize that one is the right "not to be disappeared."

Brother, brothers, I want you all to know that we do not forget....

Thank you, 

Jenny Bettancourt