First virtual interactive dialogue held between Iraq and the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances

On 5 and 7 October, the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) held its constructive public dialogue with Iraq. This is Iraq’s second dialogue, since its ratification of the Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearances, in 2010. The dialogue was held as part of the 19th CED session in Geneva and for the first time held entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Minister of Justice, Judge Salar Abdulsattar Mohammed, headed the 13-member government delegation. The dialogue focused on three preselected thematic areas, including the status of the draft law on enforced disappearances, preventive measures taken, and progress made in investigations in cases related to enforced disappearances and follow up on the Urgent Actions procedure on individual cases received by the Committee.

The CED thanked the Government of Iraq for its constructive participation and mutual interactions with the Committee during the dialogue, aimed at strengthening the existing protection framework and uncovering the plight of disappeared persons in Iraq. The head of the Iraqi government delegation welcomed the opportunity to take part in the dialogue, affirming its commitment to address cases of enforced disappearance and requested the Committee to share its observations on the draft law.

On 9 September, as part of the same dialogue, nine civil society organizations and the Iraqi High Commissioner for Human Rights (IHCHR) also shared their expertise in separate and closed briefings to the Committee.

The Human Rights Office of the United Nations Assistance for Iraq (UNAMI) facilitated the participation of the delegations from Baghdad in the dialogue.

The full State Party dialogue can be found in Arabic and English in the following links:

5 October 

7 October 

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