UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to visit SL

UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to visit SL

UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to visit SL

Written by Staff Writer

06 Nov, 2015 | 8:49 pm

The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from November 9 -18, 2015, at the invitation of the Sri Lankan Government, says the UN Human Rights Commissioner’s Office.

The statement from the OHCHR says the Working Group is comprised of five independent experts from all regions of the world.

The Chair-Rapporteur would be Houria Es-Slami from Morocco and the Vice-Chair is Bernard Duhaime from Canada; and other members are Tae-Ung Baik from the Republic of Korea Ariel Dulitzky from Argentina and Henrikas Mickevicius from Lithuania.

The OHCHR says that during the mission, the UN experts will study the measures adopted by the state to prevent and eradicate enforced disappearances, including issues related to truth, justice and reparation for the victims of enforced disappearances.

The working Group will start and end the visit in Colombo and will travel to Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mullaitivu, Batticaloa, Matale, Trincomalee, Ampara and Galle.

The expert body will meet with state officials, both at the central and provincial levels, as well as with relatives of disappeared people, representatives of civil society organisations and of relevant UN agencies.

A final report on the visit will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2016.

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