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Victims and organizations working with victims have always been key actors in the fight to end enforced disappearance and bring justice to victims. They played a pivotal role in raising awareness of this horrific crime, galvanising victims, building regional and international networks and pushing the United Nation to draft and adopt the Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances in 2006 prohibiting this practice. Building on the previous achievements, CEDI works with the existing organizations and victims to continue to fight against enforced disappearances.

Facilitate cooperation and exchanges between organizations

CEDI acts to strengthen existing networks, build new networks and connect victims and organizations to exchange the best practices and support the fight to end enforced disappearances.

Ensure victims’ voices are at the heart of the ratification campaign

Victims’ organizations have always been at the heart of all campaigns, since the creation of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances in 1980. The drafting and adoption of the 1992 UN Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances,  and later of the Convention was the result of their tireless efforts, with the support of international human rights NGOs. Since 2006, their contribution has been essential to promote the ratification and implementation of the Convention.

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