The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) examined cases of disappearances in Sri Lanka at its 117th session, held between 11 and 15 February 2019 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Working Group said in a statement.
The Working Group examined under its urgent action procedure 51 reported cases of enforced disappearances that have occurred in the last few months, concerning Bangladesh, Burundi, Egypt, Pakistan, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. It also examined 758 cases, including newly-reported cases outside the urgent action procedure and updated information on previously accepted ones.
Other countries whose cases were examined during the session are: Algeria, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burundi, Belarus, Colombia, China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, Iran, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, the Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen and Zimbabwe.
The Working Group also reviewed responses from various Governments to prompt intervention letters, general allegations and urgent appeals. It also adopted new general allegations and discussed their forthcoming and potential country visits.
The Working Group also discussed its forthcoming study on the effective investigation of enforced disappearances, as well as the issue of disappearances carried out by Non State Actors.
The Working Group will hold its 118th session in Geneva, from 13 to 22 May 2019. (Colombo Gazette)