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No circumstances justify enforced disappearances, says PACE

"No circumstances whatsoever, whether a threat of war, a state of war, internal political instability or any other state of emergency, may be invoked to justify enforced disappearances," PACE said today. It deeply regretted that they remain "a common criminal practice even today" in the geographical area covered by the Council of Europe and throughout the world.

The adopted text, based on the report prepared by André Gattolin (France, ALDE), notes that despite the efforts of the international community and some local actors, cooperation between the countries concerned "leaves much to be desired".

Therefore, European states "should set a good example" by ratifying the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (CED) and implementing it effectively in national law and practice, the resolution says.