United Nations

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A/HRC/WGEID/110/1
Distr.: General
1 December 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
110th session (19 – 23 September 2016)

I. Communications
1.
Between its 109th and 110th sessions, the Working Group transmitted 122 cases
under its urgent action procedure, to Bangladesh (2), Burundi (2), Egypt (8), Ethiopia (1),
Iran (Islamic Republic of) (1), the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (3), Lebanon (1),
Mexico (1), Pakistan (97), the Russian Federation (1), the Sudan (3) and Turkey (2).
2.
At its 110th session, the Working Group decided to transmit 214 newly reported
cases of enforced disappearance to 15 States. It also clarified 74 cases, in Bahrain (3),
Egypt (53), Kuwait (1), Lebanon (1), Pakistan (6), the Sudan (1), Turkey (3) and the United
Arab Emirates (4). Sixteen cases were clarified on the basis of information provided by
Governments, and 58 on the basis of information provided by sources.
3.
Between its 109th and 110th sessions, the Working Group transmitted 13
communications jointly with other special procedure mechanisms; six urgent appeals to
Chad, Ethiopia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mexico, Thailand and Turkey;
three allegation letters to Kenya, Mexico and Mozambique; and three prompt intervention
letters, to Iran (Islamic Republic of), India and Sri Lanka, and an “other letter” to the
Government of Sri Lanka.
4.
At its 110th session, the Working Group reviewed a general allegation concerning
the Russian Federation.

II. Other activities
5.
At the opening of the session, the Members re-appointed Houria Eslami as ChairRapporteur of the Working Group and Bernard Duhaime as its Vice-President.
6.
During the session, the Working Group met with relatives of victims of enforced
disappearances, and also with representatives of non-governmental organizations working
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