The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances will hold its 119th session in Geneva from 16 to 20 September 2019 to examine more than 530 cases from 36 countries, including Sri Lanka.
The Group – composed of five independent human rights experts – will meet relatives of those who have disappeared, state authorities, civil society representatives and other stakeholders to exchange information on individual cases and on the persistent practice of enforced disappearances.
The experts will discuss a number of thematic issues, including its upcoming report on standards and public policies on the effective investigation of enforced disappearances, as well as the issue of disappearances committed by non-state actors.
The Working Group will, in addition, discuss internal matters and future activities, including its planned visits for 2019 and 2020. The experts will also examine allegations received regarding obstacles encountered in the implementation of the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.