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The Convention is the result of tireless, joint efforts of States, associations of victims, human rights non-governmental organizations and experts.

Developed on the basis of the 1992 Declaration, the Convention represents a milestone in the long fight against enforced disappearance. The Convention is the first legally binding instrument adopted by the then newly established Human Rights Council in its very first resolution on 29 June 2006. The Convention was subsequently adopted by the General Assembly (UNGA) in its resolution 61/177 on 20 December 2006 and entered into force on 23 December 2010.


The goal of universal adherence is consistently recalled by the UN General Assembly in its biennial resolution on the Convention (latest: A/RES/76/158).

A long road

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