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Monday, March 15, 2010

Special Report by WFUNA: HRC: arbitary detention, enforced disappearances and human rights of internally displaced persons

The next meeting of the Council took place on Tuesday 9 March, during which it held an interactive dialogue with the rapporteurs of the Working Group on arbitrary detention and on enforced disappearances and the Representative of the Secretary-General on the human rights of internally displaced persons.

Almost all participants expressed its strong support for the Council's Special Procedure. That said, a number of participants expressed concern on the widespread and abusive practice of many governments around the world in detaining and interrogating terrorism suspects in secret at undisclosed locations, which are viewed as violations of international human rights laws.


The Working Group's annual report on Morocco included both a summary of communications between the government and the group in 2009 and information about the implementation of the recommendations made by the group during its visit in 2007.


The report of the Working Group's visit in January 2009 recommends that the government change its laws and policies on administrative detention of migrants in an irregular situation as well as of asylum-seekers. 


The report of the Representative of the Secretary-General on the human rights of internally displaced persons identified numerous challenges remaining with regard to the human rights of internally displaced persons. The report also highlighted the achievements, activities and progress made during the tenure of the present mandate-holder.

Serbia and Montenegro (including Kosovo)

The report of the Representative highlights the achievements of Serbia in its straightening of the institutional framework to address internal displacement. That said, it also expressed concern for the number of returns to and within Kosovo which remains disappointingly low.


The report warns the international community that there is a large number of internal displacements in Somalia, and makes recommendations to prevent future displacement and mitigate its consequences - in particular addressing the shelling of residential areas and ending the climate of impunity. 


The report notes that only a few internally displaced persons have been able to return to the Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, and, of those displaced persons within South Ossetia, many are still waiting on the reconstruction of their houses. For key questions were aroused: (1) what is a durable solution for internally displaced persons; (2) what key principles should guide the search for durable solutions; (3) how should a rights-based process to support a durable solution be organized; and (4) what criteria should determine to what extent a durable solution has been achieved.

Republic of Chad

The Representative's visit took place in February 2009. Its report underlines the existence of a sever crisis in Chad with regards to protection, characterized by the precarious situation in which displaced persons live and the general insecurity that prevails in the East.


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