Update: 21.12.2016

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)

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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 Committee 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. 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.

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