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Chile approves int'l treaty on enforced disappearance
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2008-01-08 13:06
The lower house of Chile's parliament Thursday approved a UN convention against state-sponsored kidnapping, or the so-called enforced disappearance.

The international treaty was passed with 90 votes in favor and seven abstentions in the Chamber of Deputies.

After a voting session, many lawmakers expressed their satisfaction with the favorable vote of the treaThe lower house of Chile's parliament Thursday approved a UN convention against state-sponsored kidnapping, or the so-called enforced disappearance.

The international treaty was passed with 90 votes in favor and seven abstentions in the Chamber of Deputies.

After a voting session, many lawmakers expressed their satisfaction with the favorable vote of the treaty, saying Chile must "adopt necessary measures to fight this crime."

"We are giving a strong sign that we have learned from our pain and our past. With the approval of this treaty we can look towards Chile's future with hope," said Isabel Allende, the daughter of former President Salvador Allende.

In 2006, the UN General Assembly adopted the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

The treaty, co-sponsored by 103 member nations, recognizes the rights of persons not to be subjected to enforced disappearance, regardless of circumstances, and the rights of victims to justice and reparation.

It also obliges countries to cooperate with each other in helping victims and finding the people who have disappeared.

The treaty also need the approval in the Senate, the upper house of Chile's parliament.

ty, saying Chile must "adopt necessary measures to fight this crime."

"We are giving a strong sign that we have learned from our pain and our past. With the approval of this treaty we can look towards Chile's future with hope," said Isabel Allende, the daughter of former President Salvador Allende.

In 2006, the UN General Assembly adopted the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

The treaty, co-sponsored by 103 member nations, recognizes the rights of persons not to be subjected to enforced disappearance, regardless of circumstances, and the rights of victims to justice and reparation.

It also obliges countries to cooperate with each other in helping victims and finding the people who have disappeared.

The treaty also need the approval in the Senate, the upper house of Chile's parliament.

Source:Xinhuanet 
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