WGEID: Supporting the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances

Students worked on the issue of enforced disappearances. During different semesters Clinic students approached the problem from different perspectives, at times focusing on children, women, the situations in particular countries, or the operations of the Working Group. At times the Working Group has used materials prepared by the Human Rights Clinic about disappearances affecting children and women.  In November 2012, four Clinic students travelled with Professor Dulitzky to Geneva, Switzerland to attend meetings of the WGEID, and they were the first students ever admitted to witness such meetings. During the meeting, Professor Dulitzky presented a proposal developed by the Clinic to improve the work of the Working Group.

During May 2014, and again in May 2016, more students traveled to Geneva to attend meetings at the United Nations and present their findings.

Two students from the Human Rights Clinic, Priscilla Bowens and (left to right), visited the United Nations in Geneva in May 2016.
Two students from the Human Rights Clinic, Priscilla Bowens and (left to right), visited the United Nations in Geneva in May 2016.

 

During spring 2016, students researched and compiled international organizations’ policies about access to their archives.  Based on their research they developed a background paper and a set of suggested guidelines about public access to such archives. In May 2016, three students traveled to Geneva to present their findings to the WGEID.

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Mojdeh Pourmahram (left) and Jun-Ki Lee (right), two students from the Human Rights Clinic, at the United Nations in May 2014.