United Nations

General Assembly

A/HRC/WGEID/109/1
Distr.: General
22 July 2016
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
109th session (9 – 18 May 2016)

I. Introduction
1.
The present document reflects the communications and cases examined, the
observations made and other activities carried out by the Working Group on Enforced or
Involuntary Disappearances at its 109th session, held in Geneva, from 9 to 18 May 2016.

II. Communications
2.
Between its 108th and 109th sessions, the Working Group transmitted 203 cases
under its urgent action procedure, to Colombia (1), Egypt (72), Jordan (2), Mexico (1),
Morocco (1), Pakistan (124), Rwanda (1) and the United Arab Emirates (1).
3.
At its 109th session, the Working Group decided to transmit 113 newly reported
cases of enforced disappearance to 20 States. The Working Group also clarified 90 cases, in
Argentina (25), Chile (2), Egypt (24), Indonesia (1), Iran (Islamic Republic of) (1), Mexico
(1), Morocco (1), Pakistan (32), Turkey (1) and the United Arab Emirates (2). Thirty-eight
cases were clarified on the basis of the information provided by Governments, and 52 on
the basis of the information provided by sources.
4.
Between its 108th and 109th sessions, the Working Group transmitted four
communications: two prompt intervention letters jointly with other special procedure
mechanisms, to Iraq and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of); and two other letters, to the
Governments of the Gambia and of Guatemala.
5.
At its 109th session, the Working Group reviewed two general allegations
concerning Egypt and Cameroon.

GE.16-12647(E)

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