The NGOs play an important role before the Committee on Enforced Disappearance. They will be heard before the session of considering the periodic reports of every country and they will be invited to submit written information.
The individuals who are victims of violations of the Convention can report their situation to the local and international NGOs which transmit the information to the States and the Committee. All States parties to the Convention against Enforced Disappearance are obliged to provide periodic reports.
On 26 January 2010, more than 80 States have signed the Convention. The following African States have ratified: