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Inclusive Policy Dialogue on Enforced Disappearances

On 15 March, 2017 the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) conducted a workshop in partnership with Geneva for Human Rights (GHR). Policymakers and human rights experts discussed under Chatham House Rule current challenges to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance as well as the UN human rights treaty system.

Participants agreed that governmental and non-governmental stakeholders need to increase their efforts to reach the goal to double the number of state parties to the Convention within the next five years. Current developments in this regard are very positive. Quite the opposite, however, is the state of the UN human rights treaty system. Some participants called policymakers and advocacy groups to break out of their silos, and start studying the overarching human rights system – a system which was never established as such but which evolved through the constant creation of treaties and mechanisms. A distinguished scholar advised that relationships between different instruments should be guided by the principles of “complementarity” and “consistency”.

Notable participants were the Permanent Representative of France, Ambassador Elisabeth Laurin, the Permanent Representative of Argentine, Ambassador Marcelo Cima , the President of the Committee against Enforced Disappearances, Mr Santiago Corcuera Cabezut, the Chief OHCHR Treaty Bodies, Mr Ibrahim Salama, as well as Professor Olivier de Frouville and Professor Emmanuel Decaux.

“The very informed conversation was refreshing. It is a perfect example of how GCSP can support policymakers and experts by providing a venue for inclusive and impartial dialogue”, Mr Tobias Vestner, Leader of the Security and Law Programme, concludes.