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Course "Receiving reports of forced disappearances" in El Salvador

San Salvador, December 2, 2021. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) concluded the course on "Receiving reports of forced disappearances", aimed at the personnel from complaint offices and other related areas of the Attorney General's Office of El Salvador, with the financial support of the Government of Canada.
The training was delivered by UNODC experts to 30 participants under two general areas: Guidelines for receiving reports of forced disappearances, international search standards and the crime of disappearance of persons and enforced disappearances in criminal law.
Vida Gómez Asturias, UNODC Project Coordinator, explained that this type of course strengthens the application of the Urgent Action Protocol and the Search Strategy for disappeared persons in El Salvador, which is based on due diligence and promotes a gender and human rights approach. The course also addresses the problem of forced disappearances perpetrated by organized crime in accordance with the obligations of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.
The course includes the analysis of cases at the receiving complaints offices to provide guidance to officials on the implementation of good practices to strengthen access to justice and the rights of victims.
This 2-day course will continue to be delivered to other offices from the Attorney General's Office and the National Civil Police, as part of the capacity-building activities within the framework of the project “Strengthening the implementation of case management tools for disappearances and torture of women, men and youth related to organized crime in El Salvador” financed by the Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP) of the Government of Canada.