7 September 2007
The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention will hold its forty-ninth session from 10 to 14 September 2007 at the Palais Wilson in Geneva. The Working Group will examine, in closed session, more than 15 individual cases of detention around the world. The panel will also receive representatives of Governments and non-governmental organizations and will consider the preparation of a visit to Angola scheduled to take place later this month.
The Working Group will devote particular attention during the session to the recourse to detention in the context of the fight against terrorism; to the administrative detention of illegal immigrants and asylum-seekers; to the question of discrimination and pre-trial detention and to the deprivation of liberty of vulnerable persons, particularly mentally-ill persons.
The Working Group is composed of five independent experts appointed according to United Nations criteria governing equitable geographical distribution. It is headed by Ms. Leïla Zerrougui (Algeria) as Chairperson-Rapporteur and is composed of Soledad Villagra de Biedermann (Paraguay), Manuela Carmena Castrillo (Spain), Tamás Bán (Hungary, Vice-Chairperson), and Seyed Mohammed Hashemi (Islamic Republic of Iran).
The Working Group was established by the Commission on Human Rights in 1991 to investigate instances of alleged arbitrary deprivation of liberty. Its mandate was clarified and extended by the Commission on Human Rights in its resolution 1997/50 to cover the issue of administrative custody of asylum-seekers and immigrants.The Human Rights Council assumed and extended the Working Group’s mandate by its decision 1/102 of 30 June 2007.
For more information, including previous reports of the Working Group, please consult OHCHR Fact-Sheet N° 26 or visit the following Internet address: http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu2/7/b/mard.htm
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