Question of involuntary or enforced disappearances.

  • Author: UN General Assembly (35th sess. : 1980-1981)
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    15 December 1980

193. Question of involuntary or enforced disappearances

The General Assembly, Recalling its resolution 33/173 of 20 December 1978, entitled "Disappeared persons", Bearing in mind Commission on Human Rights resolution 20 (XXXVI) of 29 February 1980,[1] Economic and Social Council resolution 1979/38 of 10 May 1979 and resolution 23 adopted on 30 July 1980 by the World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women,[2] Convinced of the need to take appropriate action, in consultation with the Governments concerned, to promote the implementation of the provisions of General Assembly resolution 33/173 and other United Nations resolutions relevant to the plight of missing or disappeared persons, Expressing again its emotion at the anguish and sorrow of the families of victims of involuntary or enforced disappearances,

1. Welcomes the establishment by the Commission on Human Rights of the working group which has been asked to examine questions relevant to involuntary or enforced disappearances of persons and to submit to the Commission at its thirty-seventh session a report on its activities, together with its conclusions and recommendations;

2. Requests the Commission on Human Rights to continue to study this question as a matter of priority and to take any step it may deem necessary to the pursuit of its work on the question of involuntary or enforced disappearances when it considers the report to be submitted to it by the working group at its thirty-seventh session;

3. Appeals to all Governments to co-operate with the working group and the Commission on Human Rights and to enable them to perform their task effectively and in a humanitarian spirit;

4. Requests the Secretary-General to draw the concerns expressed in the present resolution to the attention of all Governments, regional and interregional organizations and specialized agencies.

96th plenary meeting
15 December 1980

[1] See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 1980, Supplement No. 3 (E/1980/13 and Corr. 1), chap. XXVI, sect. A. [2] See Report of the World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women: Equality, Development and Peace, Copenhagen, 14-30 July 1980 (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.80.IV.3 and corrigendum), chap. I, sect. B.

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