Tamil Diplomat

Enforced Disappearances: UN experts on official visit to Sri Lanka

The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 9 to 18 November 2015, at the invitation of the Government. The Office of the Human Rights Commission (OHCHR) said in a statement.

During the mission, the UN experts will study the measures adopted by the State to prevent and eradicate enforced disappearances, including issues related to truth, justice and reparation for the victims of enforced disappearances. They will also gather information on cases of enforced disappearances, including those pending before the Working Group.

The Working Group will start and end the visit in Colombo and will travel to Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mullaitivu, Batticaloa, Matale, Trincomalee, Ampara and Galle. The expert body will meet with State officials, both at the central and provincial levels, as well as with relatives of disappeared people, representatives of civil society organizations and of relevant UN agencies.

The Working Group will be represented by Vice-Chair Bernard Duhaime, Tae-Ung Baik and Ariel Dulitzky. The independent experts will be accompanied by staff of the Secretariat of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Working Group will hold a press conference at the end of the visit, on 18 November 2015 at 15h00, at the UN Conference Room, UN Compound, 202-204, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7.

A final report on the visit will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2016.