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5 Feburary 2007

The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) will visit El Salvador from 5 to 7 February where it will visit the capital, San Salvador, to discuss cases of enforced or involuntary disappearances.

The panel's members plan to meet in El Salvador with, among others, officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Public Security and Justice, the Ministry of Defense, the Attorney General, the Ombudsperson, the Commission on the Search of Disappeared Children during the armed conflict, different Commissions from the Legislative Assembly, the President of the Supreme Court of Justice and the Magistrates of the Constitutional Court.

The Working Group experts also plan to meet with representatives of non-governmental organizations.

This mission will be immediately preceded by a mission to Honduras, which will take place from 31 January to 2 February 2007.

The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances was established by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in 1980 to assist the relatives of disappeared persons in ascertaining their fate and whereabouts and to act as a channel for communication between the families and governments concerned.

The Working Group also monitors the compliance of States with their obligations under the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance adopted by the General Assembly on 18 December 1992.

The Working Group has previously conducted missions to Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Yemen.

The experts from the Working Group who will conduct the mission are the Chairman-Rapporteur, Mr. Santiago Corcuera, and the Expert-Member, Darko Göttlicher.

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