This submission addresses the three questions posed by the CED and WGEID regarding short-term disappearances (SED) from the perspective of the prohibition on torture. Using examples from SED cases in which REDRESS has been involved, this submission discusses the concept of SED and their manifestations in Sudan and Egypt, evaluates the legal and practical circumstances that lead to SED, and enumerates safeguards against SED including recommendations for States and the CED and WGEID.