Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 15th July 2009.

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Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry Conservative, Banbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress the Government have made in their assessment of whether to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The work being undertaken within Government to examine the potential impact of the Convention against Enforced Disappearance on the law of the UK is ongoing.

This includes analysing the extent to which common law provisions may need to be replicated in statute law, the creation of one or more new criminal offences, and whether the UK required any reservations or declarations upon ratification. It is now clear that primary legislation would be necessary to permit ratification if the Government decide to pursue this course of action. This would be introduced when parliamentary time allowed.

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