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The Treatment of Prisoners under International Law$
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Nigel Rodley and Matt Pollard

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693566

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199693566.001.0001

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Enforced Disappearance of Prisoners

Enforced Disappearance of Prisoners

Unacknowledged Detention

(p.329) 8 Enforced Disappearance of Prisoners
The Treatment of Prisoners under International Law

Nigel Rodley

Matt Pollard

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses the phenomenon of enforced disappearance and explores the main legal provisions that it violates, including the right to life and right not to be tortured. It briefly describes how international humanitarian law understands this occurrence as stated under the Fourth Geneva Convention and then describes subsequent treaties' definition of it. It also discusses the nature of enforced disappearance by investigating the Bleier v. Uruguay case presented before the UN Human Rights Committee and other similar incidents. In addition, it looks into the events that led to the establishment of the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances as a result of these notable occurrences.

Keywords:   enforced disappearance, right to life, international humanitarian law, Fourth Geneva Convention, Bleier v. Uruguay, UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances

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