UN Experts on Enforced Disappearances to Review 400 Cases

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The United Nations independent human rights experts on enforced or involuntary
disappearances today started
reviewing more than 400 cases, including recently submitted information on
previous ones, and other communications concerning almost 40 countries.

The five-member UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances will
hold meetings in Geneva between today and 11 November with government
delegations and civil society representatives, as well as with relatives of
disappeared persons, to exchange views on individual cases under consideration
and on enforced disappearances in general.

The Working Group will also examine allegations submitted by sources regarding
obstacles encountered in the implementation of the Declaration on the Protection
of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

It will also hold discussions on two general comments, its methods of work, as
well as on past and potential country visits. In addition, it will adopt its
annual report, which will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council during its
19th session in March next year.

The Working Group’s current 95th session will last until 11 November.

Its Chair-Rapporteur is Jeremy Sarkin (South Africa) and the other members are
Ariel Dulitzky (Argentina), Jasminka Dzumhur (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Osman
El-Hajjé (Lebanon) and Olivier de Frouville (France).

Created in 1980, the working group’s members are independent and report to the
UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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