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Training on dealing with cases of disappeared persons in receiving complaints in El Salvador

El Salvador, June 18, 2020. Eighty-six officials from the Salvadoran Attorney General's Office participated in the webinar "Addressing Cases of Disappeared Persons in the Reception of Complaints" offered by the project "Institutional Strengthening in Cases of Disappearances Related to Organized Crime to Reduce Impunity in El Salvador" of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC ROPAN).

The purpose of this training is to strengthen capacities in handling cases of disappeared persons in receiving complaints and to raise awareness of international standards and national tools in this area, including the Protocol of Urgent Action and Strategy for Disappeared Persons in El Salvador and legislative reforms related to the crime of forced disappearance of persons. 

The webinar, divided into two virtual sessions with the participation of three speakers, included a practical exercise that allowed participants to analyze specific situations and deepen their knowledge acquired during the sessions.

International Human Rights Law and enforced disappearance; principles for the search of disappeared persons; national legislation on enforced disappearance and the Urgent Action Protocol were some of the topics discussed.

In addition, participants received training on access to justice and guidelines on receiving complaints; information needed in cases of disappeared persons; the FGR instructions on disappeared persons; the operation of the Protocol on Urgent Action and the search strategy.

The activity was carried out within the framework of the project "Institutional strengthening in cases of disappearances related to organized crime to reduce impunity in El Salvador", financed by the Government of Canada.