Workshop on ‘International Humanitarian Law and Enquiry of Enforced Disappeared Persons’ Completed

The Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons, Nepal (CIEDP), in collaboration with the ICRC, conducted a workshop on’International Humanitarian Law and Enquiry of Enforced Disappeared Persons’ on 3rd August, 2022 to enhance knowledge to the staff of the Commission on the provisions of international humanitarian law regarding the investigation of disappeared persons. In that workshop, Secretary of the Commission Mr. Shyam Kumar Bhattarai, Professor of Kathmandu School of Law Mrs. Geeta Pathak Sangroula, Regional Legal Adviser of ICRC Dr. George Dvaladze, Head of Mission of ICRC Nepal Mr. Sandesh Shrestha, Head of Protection Department of ICRC Nepal Mr. Meera Rana Basnet and staff of the Commission were present. On behalf of the Commission, Joint Secretary Mrs. Roshani Kumari Shrestha had welcomed all the dignitaries present and highlighted the purpose of the program. In the first session of the workshop, Mr. Sandesh Shrestha, head of Mission of ICRC Nepal; had made a presentation on “ICRC approach on the missing”. Prof. Geeta Pathak Sangroula had put a presentation on ‘General introduction to IHL/Common article 3’ and Dr. George Dvaladze had presented a working paper on “International Humanitarian Law /HR provisions on missing/cooperation between the ICRC and missing commissions”. In the second session of the workshop, ICRC’s forensic specialist Dr. Derek Congram had presented a paper on “Role of forensic science in humanitarian work on the missing” and Caroline Douilleiz on “Missing mechanisms in different contexts” via virtual means. At the end of the program, the Secretary of the Commission, Mr. Shyam Kumar Bhattarai, highlighted the work done by the Commission and the work to be done in the future.The conduction and facilitation of the program; held at Hotel Greenwich Village, Sanepa was done by Mr. Mahendra Prasad Adhikari, Section Officer of the Commission.