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Commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance


Source: El Universal, Dennis A. García, 21/02/2017 - 14:05

CNDH requests an integral vison against enforced disappearances

At the UN, the President of the organization, Luis Raúl González Pérez, considered unacceptable that there is a single case of this crime and defended the victims' right to justice and reparation

(Photo: Archive - EL UNIVERSAL) 

Mexico City. In Mexico, as in other countries, unfortunately, the practice of enforced disappearance continues to exist, so it must be tackled in an integrated manner and with shared responsibility, said Luis Raúl González Pérez, President of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), at the headquarters of the United Nations (UN) in New York.

Participating in the ceremony commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of the entry into force of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, the Mexican ombudsman mentioned that it is unacceptable that exists a single case of forced disappearance.

On behalf of the Chairperson of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), Beate Rudolf, Luis Raúl González asked National Human Rights Institutions not to give up and to continue in the struggle to guarantee the right of everyone not to be subjected to a forced disappearance, as well as the victims' right to justice and reparation.

Before the UN plenary, the President of the CNDH pointed out that impunity weakens the guarantee of the respect for human rights, which also reflects the weakening of the rule of law.

"The lack of investigation and sanction of the aggressors sends a dangerous message that there are no consequences for committing such acts, which provides an enabling environment for the repetition of this crime. In all cases justice must come and we should not allow forgetting", he emphasized.

He said that the meeting was the right place to urge that institutions responsible for ensuring human rights to "work closely with States, civil society and the rights holders themselves, to encourage and advise the State in ratification and incorporation of the Convention into domestic law".

In this sense, he stressed the need for all States parties to have an effective and exhaustive Registry of Missing Persons Data, based on clear, approved and public criteria about the way in which complaints on disappearance are qualified and how to report on these cases.

As well as professionalizing the persons responsible for processing, reporting and investigating cases and performing search tasks, applying approved search protocols for missing persons that generate an immediate reaction from the authorities, and conforming an adequate system for the search of missing persons.

 *Unofficial translation  ​   

Download the full statement GANHRI statement CED commemoration.pdf

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