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Part III Organs Monitoring Treaty Compliance, 16 The Committee on Enforced Disappearances

Olivier de Frouville

From: The United Nations and Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal (2nd Edition)

Edited By: Frédéric Mégret, Philip Alston

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 31 May 2023


This chapter describes the Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED). Although many states doubted that there was any justification for creating a new committee only dedicated to the issue of enforced disappearances, the first years of the Committee have proved them wrong. This is due to the mobilization of civil society and families of the disappeared, particularly in some key states parties like Mexico, who understood well not only the complementarity between the Committee and other competent mechanisms, but also its added value. This is also greatly due to the dedication and dynamism of the members of the Committee, who all tirelessly worked so that, within a few years, the Committee would be ready to act effectively in order to eliminate enforced disappearances and assist victims in their legitimate quest for truth, justice, and reparation.

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