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9th March 2011 : Side event on the The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances

March 2011

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Lawyers Rights Watch Canada, Asian Legal Resource Centre, Asian Federation against Enforced Disappearances, International Commission of Jurists,
International Federation for Human Rights, International Coalition against Enforced Disappearances, Asociación Española para el Derecho Humano a la Paz, el Grupo de Trabajo sobre Justicia Internacional y Derechos Humanos and Fédération Internationale de l’Action des Chrétiens pour l’Abolition de la Torture

Cordially invite you to join the discussion on

The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances:
Now What?
The Problem of Continuing Impunity

March 9, 2011,
Room XXVII Palais des Nations, Geneva
at 15 – 18h

The Problem

The crises of impunity caused by the widespread use of enforced disappearances coupled with state efforts to prevent remedies and shield perpetrators from accountability.

The Speakers

Jeremy Sarkin
Chair of the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances
“UN Potential to prevent disappearances and challenge impunity: View from the Working Group.”

Judge Baltasar Garzón
Audencia National of Spain
“Impediments to ending impunity: View from the bench”.

Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu
Executive Director, Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sri Lanka
“Disappearances and Remedies: View from Sri Lanka”

The Moderator
Michael Anthony,
Asian Legal Resource Centre


Comments from families of the disappeared and supporting NGOs. Discussion of strategies to promote enforcement of the Convention and protect the physical and professional safety of the judges, lawyers and witnesses involved in investigations.

For more information, contact Gail Davidson at lrwc@portal.ca

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