UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan and several other countries are facing international scrutiny for failing to stop the growing incidents of enforced or involuntary disappearances.
“It is not a crime of the past; on the contrary it is a phenomenon which affects all regions of the world, with the false and pernicious belief that it is a useful tool to preserve national security and combat terrorism or organised crime,” say UN experts on international human rights law. The rights experts who are member of the world body’s Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances are calling for governments concerned to fight this crime and take effective measures against impunity.
“The changing situation of enforced disappearances requires new strategies to counter this crime,” they said after attending a series of meetings in New York last week. The group was established by the UN Commission on Human Rights in 1980 to help families know whether their disappeared relatives were dead or alive and to ensure that individual cases are investigated about the missing persons placed outside the protection of the law. One of the group’s task is to address cases of disappearances until they are resolved. It also provides assistance in the implementation by governments of the UN Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
The experts are currently looking into 400 cases of disappearances that have taken place in 29 countries, including Pakistan. According to them, since January they have received reports about 17 more incidents of disappearance, which are being investigated as well.
After completing their investigation, the experts will present a comprehensive report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in September next year.
Source: Daily Times