Enforced disappearances are an egregious violation of human rights. Within the context of precarious migration in the Asia Pacific region, migrants are at risk of human rights violations and abuse including enforced disappearances. Yet, disappearances and deaths of migrants are often underreported, particularly of those moving irregularly, and many governments do not record them systematically nor disaggregate such data by age or gender.

This consultation aims to provide a forum for stakeholders in the Asia Pacific region, including victims, CSOs, NHRIs, academia, UN agencies and other international organizations, to inform the Committee on the regional and national experiences related to the enforced disappearance of migrants, and to share information on the challenges and efforts in addressing these human rights violations. This direct exchange between CED experts and actors of the region shall provide an opportunity for the Committee and stakeholders to engage further in the drafting process of the General Comment. All in all, such space of interaction is essential to enable the Committee to take into account and reflect the situations specific to the region in its General Comment.

The UN Human Rights Office will prepare a summary of the consultation. Participants are encouraged to submit written inputs.

The event will be held on Thursday, 18 August 2022 at 3-5 pm (Bangkok time) online via Microsoft Teams. The applicable hours in different time zones are indicated below:

  • Geneva (UTC+2): 10h00 – 12h00
  • Colombo, New Delhi (UTC+5:30): 13h30 – 15h30
  • Bangkok, Jakarta, Phnom Penh (UTC+7): 15h00 – 17h00
  • Seoul, Tokyo (UTC+9): 17h00 – 19h00
  • Auckland, Suva (UTC +12): 20h00 – 22h00

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