Committee on Enforced Disappearance (CED) 


Committee on enforced disappearances furthers develops its relationship with NHRIs

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Geneva, 26 September 2014  - The Committee on Enforced Disappearances (Committee) adopted at its 7th Session a key document to clarify and further develop the relationship between the Committee and national human rights institutions (NHRIs).


“During these two weeks of intensive work, we have taken a series of important decisions. The Committee has adopted a document on cooperation with the NHRIs, transposing the guidelines in respect of NGOs already published. This document is the final stage of a number of open consultations, including with the International Coordinating Committee of NHRIs to reflect the priorities of each”, stated the Committee Chairperson Emmanuel Decaux at its closing remarks. 


The document, entitled the Relationship of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances with National Human Rights Institutions, is the result of a wide consultative and cooperative process between the Committee and NHRIs from around the globe.


In November 2013, the CED met with the ICC representative in Geneva, to discuss the relationship between the CED and NHRIs. The ICC provided initial comments on the development of a draft CED paper. The CED subsequently appointed a Rapporteur to develop a draft paper which was submitted for broad consultations with the ICC and NHRIs.

Picture : Palais de Nations (Photo by Agnès Gràcia).


The CED paper describes the role of NHRIs in the reporting procedure and other procedures under the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (the Convention). The engagement opportunities identified include:


·      NHRIs’ role on the reporting procedure in encouraging and supporting states to meet their reporting obligations.

·      Submission of alternative reports and oral interventions, including private meetings and submissions at an early stage.

·      Contributions in follow-up to concluding observations.

·      NHRIs’ role in relation to urgent action procedure, individual communications procedure, country visits and in bringing information to the Committee’s attention related to widespread or systematic practices of enforced disappearances.

·      Input on the drafting and the use of the Committee’s General Comments.

·      NHRIs’ role in addressing women’s and children’s rights and in integrating a gender perspective; in bringing to the attention of the Committee reports on reprisals and in enhancing global outreach.


The document also recognizes the importance of the use of technology to enhance contributions form all regions during the Committee’s session, including video or telephone conferences and webcasting.


ICC Chairperson Adv. Lourence Mabedle Mushwana welcomed the adoption of the paper as a major step to ensure further and broad cooperation between the Committee and NHRIs in the implementation of the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance at the domestic and international levels.

The Document on The relationship of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances with national human rights institutions is available here CED_C_6_7527_E.pdfCED_C_6_7527_English.pdfCED_C_6_7527_S.pdfCED_C_6_7527_Spanish.pdf, and CED_C_6_7527_A.pdfCED_C_6_7527_Arabic.pdf

NHRIs Contributions
expand Title : GANHRI statement CED 14 session - Meeting with NHRIs ‎(1)
expand Title : GIHR - Written Contribution CERD Thematic Discussion Racist Hate Speech (2012-08-17) ‎(1)
expand Title : ICC CED interactive dialogue Nov 2013 Statement by the ICC Geneva Representative  ‎(1)
expand Title : ICC CED interactive dialogue video statement by the ICC Chair ‎(1)
expand Title : ICC press release on ICC and CED meeting  ‎(1)

Video recording of ICC Chair's statement to the CED (November 2013)​