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Economic and Social Council
7 January 1993
COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Item 10 (c) of the provisional agenda
QUESTION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF ALL PERSONS
SUBJECTED TO ANY FORM OF DETENTION OR IMPRISONMENT
QUESTION OF ENFORCED OR INVOLUNTARY DISAPPEARANCES
Report of the Working Group on Enforced
or Involuntary Disappearances
1. The present report of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances is submitted pursuant to Commission on Human Rights resolution 1992/30, entitled "Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances".
2. During the year under review, the Working Group continued to carry out the activities it has undertaken since its establishment. Its primary role, which it has described in previous reports, is to act "as a channel of communication between families of the missing persons and the Governments concerned". Since its inception, the Working Group has analysed thousands of cases of disappearance and other information received from non-governmental organizations, individuals and other sources of information from all over the world in order to ascertain whether such material falls under the Working Group’s mandate and contains the required elements; entered cases into its database; transmitted those cases to the Governments concerned; forwarded the Governments’ replies to relatives or other sources; followed up investigations carried out by the Governments concerned and the inquiries made by the relatives or other agencies or organizations; maintained an abundant correspondence with Governments and the sources of information in order to obtain details on the cases and the investigations; examined allegations of a general nature concerning specific country or other matters related to its mandate, such as measures proposed or taken with a view to eliminating the practice of disappearance; undertaken research and studies with regard to the question of disappearances in general and other related matters falling within its mandate, with a view to submitting concrete suggestions and recommendations to the Commission.
II. INFORMATION CONCERNING ENFORCED OR INVOLUNTARY DISAPPEARANCES
IN VARIOUS COUNTRIES REVIEWED BY THE WORKING GROUP
316. During the current year, the Working Group transmitted to the Government of Israel, by letter dated 23 September 1992, one case of enforced or involuntary disappearance, which reportedly occurred in 1991. The case was submitted by Hotline: Centre for the Defence of the Individual, Jerusalem, and it concerned a Palestinian living in the occupied West Bank, who was believed to have been abducted by the secret security forces. His family had attempted to locate him through official channels, and had made an appeal to the Israeli High Court, but no information on the missing person's whereabouts, alive or dead, had been given to them.
317. At the time of the adoption of the present report, no information from the Government of Israel
had been received by the Working Group with regard to this case.
Cases reported to have occurred in 1992
Total number of cases transmitted to the Government by the Working Group