United Nations

General Assembly

A/HRC/WGEID/118/1
Distr.: General
30 July 2019
Original: English

Human Rights Council
Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances

Communications transmitted, cases examined, observations
made and other activities conducted by the Working Group
on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances*
118th session (13–22 May 2019)

I. Communications
1.
Between its 117th and 118th sessions, the Working Group transmitted 50 cases
under its urgent action procedure, to: Bangladesh (3), Burundi (3), Egypt (19), India (1),
Libya (1), Pakistan (11), Russian Federation (1), Saudi Arabia (1), Sudan (1), Syrian Arab
Republic (2), Turkey (6) and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) (1).
2.
At its 118th session, the Working Group decided to transmit 172 newly reported
cases of enforced disappearance to 19 States: Algeria (5), Burundi (31), Cameroon (1),
China (20), Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (14), Egypt (2), Eritrea (1), India (17),
Iran (Islamic Republic of) (4), Libya (2), Mexico (2), Pakistan (12), Republic of Korea (1),
Saudi Arabia (2), Sri Lanka (45), Syrian Arab Republic (10), Tunisia (1) United Arab
Emirates (1) and Yemen (1).
3.
The Working Group clarified 62 cases, in: Azerbaijan (1), Bangladesh (2), China (1),
Egypt (39), Morocco (4), Nigeria (2), Pakistan (3), Saudi Arabia (3), Syrian Arab Republic
(1), Thailand (1) Turkey (4) and Ukraine (1). A total of 50 cases were clarified on the basis
of information provided by the Governments and 12 on the basis of information provided
by sources.
4.
Between its 117th and 118th sessions, the Working Group transmitted 16
communications, either individually or jointly with other special procedures mechanisms: 9
urgent appeals, to China (1) India (1), Iran (Islamic Republic of) (1), Lao People’s
Democratic Republic (1), Saudi Arabia (1), Sudan (1), Thailand (2) and Viet Nam (1); 1
prompt intervention letter to Colombia (1); 6 allegation letters, to Argentina (1), Azerbaijan
(1), China (1), Saudi Araba (1), Thailand (1) and Turkey (1), and 4 “other letters”, to Nepal
(1), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (1), the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (1) and the Jasic Technology Company (1). 1

* The annexes to the present document are reproduced as received, in the language of submission only.
1 Such communications are made public 60 days after their transmission to the State, along with
responses received from the Government, if any, and are available from
https://spcommreports.ohchr.org/Tmsearch/TMDocuments.

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