The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances will hold its 117th session in Bosnia and Herzegovina, from 11 to 15 February 2019. It will examine more than 760 cases from 37 countries and Sri Lanka is likely to be among the 37 countries.
The Group of five independent human rights experts will also meet relatives of those who have disappeared, State authorities from different countries, civil society representatives and others to exchange information on individual cases and on the situation of this heinous crime.
During its meeting in Sarajevo, the Working Group will discuss other issues including its future activities and planned visits. Its members will also examine allegations received regarding obstacles encountered in the implementation of the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
The experts will also use the opportunity of their presence in the country, to meet with the relevant authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and pay their respects to the victims of war crimes.
The Working Group’s meetings are held in private. A press conference will take place at the end of the session on Friday, 15 February at 1:00 pm local time, in the Blue Conference Room of the Parliamentary Assembly Building of Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Colombo Gazette)