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    PEOPLE S WATCH ANDHRA PRADESH UN GROUP SOUNDS ALARM ON RISING NUMBER OF DISAPPEARANCES ON INT
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2007

      PEOPLE'S WATCH

      ANDHRA PRADESH

      UN GROUP SOUNDS ALARM ON RISING NUMBER OF DISAPPEARANCES ON INT

      From: UNNews@... <UNNews@...>
      Date: 30 Aug 2007 23:31

      UN GROUP SOUNDS ALARM ON RISING NUMBER OF DISAPPEARANCES ON INTERNATIONAL
      DAY
      New York, Aug 30 2007 2:00PM
      Marking the International Day of the Disappeared, a United Nations working
      group voiced concern over the increasing number of enforced disappearances
      worldwide and reaffirmed its solidarity with victims and human rights
      defenders working on their behalf.

      The Geneva-based <" http://www.ohchr. org/english/ issues/disappear /index.htm">UN
      Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances noted in a <"
      http://www.unhchr. ch/huricane/ huricane. nsf/view01/ E3131D0B4E6346E6 C12573460056D0C8 ?opendocument">statement
      that "in view of the continuous nature of this offense, victims of enforced
      disappearances whose fate or whereabouts remain unknown should not only be
      commemorated once a year. Rather, every day is a day of the disappeared. "

      Reminding States of their obligations under the Declaration on the
      Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance which was adopted in
      1992, the Group called for effective investigations to be conducted for all
      disappearance cases.

      The Group, comprising five independent experts, said it was particularly
      troubled by amnesty laws or other measures which result in impunity and are
      contrary to the Declaration.

      "States should refrain from making or enacting amnesty laws that would
      exempt the perpetrators of enforced disappearance from criminal proceedings
      and sanctions," it said.

      Underreporting of cases in some areas is also problematic, the Group pointed
      out, as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are not present, organized or
      have the resources needed to deal with disappearances.

      The Group called on the international community to provide ongoing support
      for the creation of associations of families and NGOs tackling the issue.

      Established in 1980, the Working Group is mandated to assist the relatives
      of disappeared persons by ascertaining their fate and whereabouts, as well
      as to act as a conduit between the families and Governments concerned.

      In the statement, it reiterated its commitment to promptly take up
      allegations received from family members or NGOs regarding difficulties
      encountered in implementing the Declaration.

      The Group also welcomed the adoption of the International Convention to
      Protect all Persons from Enforced Disappearances, calling it a "significant
      step forward." It urged all States to ratify the new instrument, which will
      help to prevent future disappearances.
      2007-08-30

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