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Remove All Obstacles to Aid Search for the Disappeared, UN experts Urge Govts


Bagmati, Kathmandu, Kathmandu

Kathmandu,Bepatta vyakti haru ko awostha patta lagauna sabai vyawadhan hatauna aagraha. Two United Nations expert groups on enforced disappearances have called on States “to remove all obstacles” to aid investigations into the fate of disappeared persons. On the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances and the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances urge Governments to support relatives of the disappeared by removing all obstacles hindering their search for loved ones, including through the opening of all archives, especially military files. "The search for disappeared family members and, in many cases, the identification of discovered remains, is always the most pressing request of relatives who endure tremendous suffering in their long wait to know the fate or whereabouts of their loved ones," a press statement issued by Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from Geneva on August 27 said. Many relatives face unjustified hurdles in their search, due to the lack of political will, or insufficient and inadequate investigations, the press statement added. Stating that transparency and information-sharing is a good demonstration of political will, the UN rights body called on States to immediately open all archives, including military files, as these sometimes contain information relating to the whereabouts of disappeared persons. The UN groups further called on States to ensure that relatives, their representatives and all persons with a legitimate interest in finding out what happened have full and prompt access to national, regional and international mechanisms aimed at establishing the truth on the disappearances. This does not just mean removing obstacles to accessing these mechanisms, but actively promoting and facilitating their use, they said. The expert groups highlighted on expanding the use of forensic expertise and DNA testing and making adequate use of all the available technological and scientific techniques. The Committee on Enforced Disappearances has encouraged Governments, whenever appropriate, to set up ad hoc bodies and specialized units to investigate cases of enforced disappearance and to create national DNA banks to hold genetic samples of all cases reported. States must urgently address the anguish of the relatives of the disappeared and reinvigorate their investigations into cases of disappearances, the press statement said. Onl