Monday, 22 July 2013

Call for New UN Strategies to Combat Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances

On 19 July 2013, Olivier de Frouville, the Chairperson of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance, called for new measures and new strategies to combat enforced or involuntary disappearances around the world. At the 100th meeting of the UN Working Group in New York, de Frouville stated, "It is not a crime of the past; on the contrary it is a phenomenon which affects all regions of the world, with the false and pernicious belief that it is a useful tool to preserve national security and combat terrorism or organised crime."

This call echoes Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's urging, on 29 May 2013, for member states to join the Declaration for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances (1992), and he stated, "We must clarify the cases of disappeared persons, provide reparations to victims and bring perpetrators to justice."

In the session the UN Working Group reported on 17 enforced disappearances, but noted that there are over 400 existing cases from around the world.


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