International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance – implementation in Switzerland
of 20 December 2006, entered into force on 23 December 2010
SR 0.103.3 (AS / RO 2016 4693)
Ratified: 2 December 2016
Entry into force: The Convention and the relevant legislative provision entered into force on 1 January 2017.
Dispatch from 29 November 2013: BBl 2014 453 (in German) / FF 2014 437 (in French) / FF 2014 417 (in Italian)
To the treaty
Individual complaints procedure
Switzerland has submitted itself to both the individual complaints procedure (according to Art. 32) and to the state party complaints procedure (according to Art. 31). The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances has been declared responsible for hearing notifications from affected persons, who feel that their rights or the rights of their relatives as defined in the Convention have been infringed upon. The Committee must examine these violations. Switzerland can also notify the Committee if another signatory state does not meet the obligations of the Convention.
Reporting by Switzerland
By ratifying the Convention, Switzerland has agreed to submit a report on the current state of the implementation of the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance in Switzerland to the Committee on Enforced Disappearance (CED) within two years (Art. 29). The Federal Council adopted the report on 19 December 2018. On 30 October 2019, the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances submitted a list of questions to the Swiss government. The Federal Council answered these questions on 20 December 2019. The constructive dialogue between Switzerland and the Committee will take place on 30 and 31 March 2020. The Committee will then issue its recommendations to Switzerland.
Unlike other UN human rights conventions, the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance does not include any further periodic reporting. However, the Committee may ask the signatory states to provide details on the implementation of the Convention, should the need arise.
- International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance
Information on the website of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
- Bericht der Schweiz zur nationalen Umsetzung des Internationalen Übereinkommens von 2006 zum Schutz aller Personen vor dem Verschwindenlassen (Report by Switzerland on the national implementation of the 2006 Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance)
19 December 2018 (pdf, 54 pages in German)
- Switzerland's report on the implementation of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance
Press release by the Federal Council, 19 December 2018
- List of issues
CED/C/CHE/Q/1, 30 October 2019
Contact persons for the reporting
- Federal Administration
Directorate of International Law (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs)