UN wants action

Disappearances     The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances has called for urgent action by Sri Lanka with regard to pending cases of disappearances.

In a report re-released last week, the Working Group said that since its establishment it has transmitted 12,473 cases to the Government and of those, 40 cases have been clarified on the basis of information provided by the source; 6,535 cases have been clarified on the basis of information provided by the Government; 222 cases were found to be duplications and were therefore deleted, and 5,676 remain outstanding.

The UN Working Group also said that it had last year transmitted four cases to the Government under its urgent action procedure and nine newly reported cases.

The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances established in 1980, deals with numerous individual cases on a purely humanitarian basis. It acts essentially as a channel of communication between the families of disappeared persons and governments, and works closely with governments concerned with the aim of solving cases of disappearances.

Following its request dated October 16, 2006, and reminder letters sent on July 20, 2009, August 16, 2010, July 20, 2011 and November 8, 2012, the Working Group wishes to reiterate its hope that the Government will extend an invitation for a visit to the country by its members.

The Working Group also provides assistance in the implementation by States of the UN Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

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