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in Colombia and urging the Government of Colombia to honour the security guarantees
provided through the 2016 peace process.2
6.
On 18 June 2019, the Working Group, together with other special procedure
mechanisms, issued a press release calling for the liberation from detention of Mauritanian
blogger and human rights defender Cheikh Ould Mohamed M’kheitir.3
7.
On 21 August 2019, for the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts
of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, the Working Group, together with other special
procedure mechanisms, issued a press release calling on States to do more to stop hate
crimes and to promote interfaith initiatives. 4
8.
On 22 August 2019, the Working Group, together with other special procedure
mechanisms, issued a press release calling on the Government of India to end the
crackdown imposed in India-administered Kashmir on freedom of expression, access to
information and peaceful protests, while expressing concern that the measures would
exacerbate tensions in the region.5
9.
On 27 August 2019, the Working Group, together with other special procedure
mechanisms, issued a press release expressing serious concern at the appointment of
Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as the chief of the army of Sri Lanka, and urging the
Government to advance long overdue reforms of the security sector and to investigate past
abuses.6
10.
On 29 August 2019, to commemorate the International Day of the Victims of
Enforced Disappearances, the Working Group, together with the Committee on Enforced
Disappearances, issued a press release calling on States to act urgently to search for
migrants who had been subjected to enforced disappearance, and to investigate such
crimes.7
11.
On 11 September 2019, the Working Group issued a press release after presenting
its annual report to the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/42/40), urging States to stop turning
a blind eye to States that orchestrate enforced disappearances. 8
12.
At its 119th session, the Working Group reviewed and adopted three general
allegations, concerning Brazil, China and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (see annex
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II. Other activities
13.
During the session, the Working Group met with relatives of victims of enforced
disappearance and with non-governmental organizations working on the issue.
14.
Also during the session, the Working Group held meetings with representatives of
the Governments of Israel, Japan, Libya, Morocco, the Philippines and Portugal.

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