United Nations

General Assembly

A/HRC/WGEID/116/1
Distr.: General
26 November 2018
Original: English

Human Rights Council
Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances

Communications, cases examined, observations and other
activities conducted by the Working Group on Enforced or
Involuntary Disappearances*
116th session (10–14 September 2018)

I. Communications
1.
Between its 115th and 116th sessions, the Working Group transmitted 77 cases under
its urgent action procedure, to: Bahrain (2), Bangladesh (2), China (2), Egypt (52), Jordan
(2), Kuwait (1), Libya (1), Pakistan (2), Saudi Arabia (8) and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic
of) (5).
2.
At its 116th session, the Working Group decided to transmit 156 newly reported cases
of enforced disappearance to 17 States: Algeria (8), Burundi (8), China (1), Democratic
People’s Republic of Korea (12), Egypt (10), Iraq (1), Libya (4), Mauritania (1), Myanmar
(1), Nigeria (7), Oman (1), Pakistan (49), Sri Lanka (21), Syrian Arab Republic (28),
Turkmenistan (1), Ukraine (2) and Yemen (1).
3.
The Working Group also clarified 149 cases, in: Angola (2), Argentina (16), Bahrain
(2), Bhutan (1), China (1), Egypt (50), Iran (Islamic Republic of) (4), Iraq (1), Jordan (2),
Libya (1), Mexico (2), Pakistan (64), Peru (1), Russian Federation (1) and Venezuela
(Bolivarian Republic of) (1). Some 112 cases were clarified on the basis of information
provided by the Governments and 36 on the basis of information provided by sources.
4.
Between its 115th and 116th sessions, the Working Group also transmitted 18
communications, either individually or jointly with other special procedure mechanisms: 9
urgent appeals, to Bangladesh (1), China (1), Egypt (2), Nicaragua (1), Pakistan (1), Saudi
Arabia (2) and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) (1); 4 prompt intervention letters, to Iran
(Islamic Republic of) (1), Libya (1), Sri Lanka (1) and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
(1); 4 allegation letters, to Myanmar (1), Turkey (1), the United Arab Emirates (1) and the
United States of America (1); and 1 “other letter” to China.
5.
On 12 June 2018, a press release concerning the United Arab Emirates was issued
together with other special procedure mechanisms.
6.
On 27 June 2018, a press release concerning Saudi Arabia was issued together with
other special procedure mechanisms.
7.
On 4 July 2018, a press release concerning China was issued together with other
special procedure mechanisms.
* The annexes to the present document are reproduced as received, in the language of submission only.
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