Monthly Archives: July 2016

Maritime Tragedy Highlights Need For International Response to Migration Crisis


1 July 2016: The successful operation carried out this week by Italian naval engineers to raise the wreckage of a vessel that sank in April last year off the coast of Libya with the loss of hundreds of lives, highlights the urgent need for a coherent international response to the issue of missing persons from the refugee crisis, ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger said today.

“The Italian authorities have responded to the crisis in a commendable and forthright way, allocating resources to maritime safety and launching initiatives to account for missing migrants, but the scale of the loss of life in the case of this vessel highlights in the most tragic and brutal way the fact that more must be done by the International Community as a whole,” Bomberger said.

The ship is estimated to have been carrying anywhere from 700 to 1,000 refugees, and…

Daily World News Digest, 1 July 2016

Enforced disappearances: the plight of Kashmir’s “half widows”

The Herald, a daily from Pakistan, carried a story on 30 June about thousands of widows in the India-administred Kashmir valley; women whose husbands were killed either by militants, state security forces or in crossfire. The region lies close to the line of control and along an accessible cross-over route to Pakistan-administered Kashmir, leaving its residents extremely exposed to the conflict. The term “half widows” is used to describe the wives of men who have disappeared but have not been declared dead. The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons estimates that 8,000-10,000 men have disappeared since 1989, leading to an estimated 1,500 ‘half-widows’ in India-administered Kashmir. However, the Indian government doesn’t recognize the phenomenon of enforced disappearances in Kashmir and asserts that the “missing” count is not more than 4,000. This leaves the “half-widows” in a state of permanent limbo and unresolved…