Explanation of Position on “Enforced Disappearances”

Jordyn Arndt
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, New York
November 7, 2019


Thank you, Chair.

The United States is pleased to join consensus on this resolution. State-sanctioned enforced disappearances are devastating to both the victim and their families who are left not knowing the fate of their loved ones.

The United States is not party to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and believes it is important to be clear about the international legal basis of the paragraphs of this resolution, which are specific to the convention. The United States notes that the obligations articulated in PP6, PP7 and PP8 apply only to States that have undertaken these obligations as parties to the Enforced Disappearance Convention, and that this resolution does not create any new rights or obligations.

Thank you.