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Swiss NGOs Launch Petition Against Forced Disappearances
In a petition to the Swiss Government handed in on 30 August 2009, the International Day of the Disappeared, twenty-one non-governmental organisations, including humanrights.ch, are calling for Switzerland to rapidly sign the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. The Convention, adopted more than two years ago, has not come into force because only 13 of a minimum 20 countries have ratified it.
Why Switzerland doesn't sign the Convention?
The UN General Assembly adopted the International Convention on 20 December 2007. The UN press release speaks of a world-wide problem. During the Opening Ceremony in Paris on 6 February 2008, Switzerland was not present to sign the new Convention, although Switzerland had always supported its creation. Ever since, the Swiss Parliament has regularly debated the question. As the responsible Federal Councillor, Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey repeatedly argued that, in general, Switzerland approves of signing this Convention but technically the government first has to clarify the compatibility with the Swiss legislation. The concerned Federal offices are consulting the relevant parties. No agenda has yet been set.
- NGOs demand signature on forced disappearances
swissinfo, 30 August 2009
- Forced disappearances
Further information on the website of Track Impunity Always (TRIAL). In German, French and Italian only.
- Text of the Convention
On the Website of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights