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Countering enforced disappearances today: ‘Sharing experiences and building strategies’


100 sessions of the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances

The United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances, in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and with the support of the Permanent Missions of Argentina and France, will host a commemorative event to mark its 100th session.

This event will provide an opportunity to reflect together with States and other stakeholders in New York on the achievements during these 100 sessions of the Working Group and the challenges that may lie ahead. It will also create a space for reflection on the changing situation of enforced disappearances worldwide and an opportunity to discuss strategies to counter this crime with a view to eradicating it and bringing truth, justice and reparation to victims.

The event, which will bring together international experts on enforced disappearances, Government representatives and representatives of civil society organisations working with the victims of enforced disappearances and their families, will consist of two panels: one panel focusing on achievements and prospect after 100 sessions of the Working Group; and the second panel focusing on strategies to counter enforced disappearances today. Both panels will be followed by an interactive discussion. Interpretation in the UN six official languages will be provided.

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The event will be held on 15 July 2013 at the United Nations Secretariat in New York, Conference Room 6 (NLB), from 10h00 to 13h00.

Access:

Due to renovation work at the United Nations Headquarters, participants are kindly requested to use the entrance located at the 47th Street and First Avenue.

Contact:

Mr. Nenad Vasic, OHCHR New York Office, vasic@un.org; tel. + 1 (212) 963-5998), or wgeid@ohchr.org