The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances* started reviewing about 400 cases of enforced disappearances, including recently submitted information on previously accepted cases, and other communications concerning almost 40 countries.
The independent experts will hold meetings with Government delegations and civil society representatives, including family members of those who have disappeared, to exchange views on individual cases under consideration and on the phenomenon of enforced disappearances in general.
The Working Group will, in addition, examine allegations submitted by sources regarding obstacles encountered in the implementation of the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and hold discussions on past and potential country visits, as well as future activities.
The Working Group’s 96th session is taking place from 12-16 March, at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Headquarters in Geneva.
(*) The Working Group is comprised of five independent experts from all regions of the world. The Chair-Rapporteur is Mr. Olivier de Frouville (France) and the other members are Mr. Ariel Dulitzky (Argentina), Ms. Jasminka Dzumhur (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Mr. Osman El-Hajjé (Lebanon), and Mr. Jeremy Sarkin (South Africa).