Cabinet approves bill to prevent enforced disappearances

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Taipei, Sept. 7 (CNA) The Cabinet on Thursday approved a bill that will incorporate into domestic law the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

The bill will be submitted to the Legislative Yuan for review.

In a statement, the Ministry of Justice said adopting the convention as law will highlight Taiwan's determination to actively engage in international human rights affairs and improve human rights protections in the country.

The convention was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 20, 2006 and entered into force on Dec. 23, 2010. As of August 2017, 96 states have signed the convention and 57 ratified it.

The convention 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."

The convention calls for signatories to ensure that "enforced disappearance" constitutes an offense under their criminal law and to make the offense punishable by appropriate penalties.

(By Wang Yang-yu and Y.F. Low)

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