Legal Document

General Comment No. 10 on the right to the truth in relation to enforced disappearance

A/HRC/16/48 (para. 39)
UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances
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Law & Policies
Enforced Disappearance / Law – International / Reparation
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The right to the truth – sometimes called the right to know the truth – in relation to human rights violations is now widely recognized in international law. This is witnessed by the numerous acknowledgements of its existence as an autonomous right at the international level, and through State practice at the national level. The right to the truth is applicable not only to enforced disappearances. However, this general comment is concerned solely with enforced disappearances in the context of the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.