Signing of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

February 6, 2007

  1. The Government of Japan made a cabinet decision to sign the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. Mr. Masayoshi Hamada, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, will sign the Convention at a signing ceremony which will be held in Paris in the afternoon of February 6 (Tue), local time (Japan time: late evening of the same day).
  2. This Convention was adopted at the United Nations General Assembly in December 2006. It defines "enforced disappearance" as the arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the State or by persons or groups of persons acting with the authorization, support or acquiescence of the State, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person, which place such a person outside the protection of the law, and provides a legal framework for criminalizing and punishing enforced disappearance.
  3. The significance of this Convention is to confirm enforced disappearance including abduction in the international community as punishable crime, and to deter crimes of this nature from being repeated in the future. Japan also thinks that its signing of the Convention at the forthcoming ceremony in Paris will be meaningful in increasing international concern over the issue of enforced disappearance including abduction.
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