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Daily World News Digest, 12 August 2015

US State Department report: Children forced to join Maoist ranks in Chhattisgarh to act as couriers

The Times of India reported on 11 August that the US State Department report states that children as young as six are forcibly ejected from their families and launched by terrorist groups like Maoists to act as spies and couriers, plant improvised explosive devices and fight against government. This is prevalent in states of Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Odisha. While India is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking, 90% of India’s trafficking problem covers Dalits and tribals from excluded groups, the US State department report says. “Children drop out in Class 7 and 8 and are not seen after that. These children are found missing when we go for a survey in villages. Either they are whisked away to…

Daily World News Digest, 11 August 2015

Nigeria: government must invest in finding Chibok girls

The Leadership, newspaper from Nigeria, reports today saying that the “Bring Back Our Girls” group has called on the federal government to invest heavily in the fight against Boko Haram and in the search for the Chibok girls if there is any hope of getting these girls back. Speaking at the group’s sit-out yesterday, one of the members of the group, Seun Daniel, while reacting to the news that the Australian government has spent over $100 million searching for closure on one of its missing flight, noted that a responsible country will spend any amount of resources to find her missing citizens and this is what Nigeria should do for the Chibok girls.

The mass grave in Texas no one talks about

The Refinery 29, portal from New York, carried a story saying that the amount of migrant bodies recovered from Brooks County in…

Daily World News Digest, 10 August 2015

Mexican army instructed to provide information about enforced disappearances

The Latin American Herald Tribune reports today that Mexico’s transparency body has instructed the Defense Secretariat to gather up and provide statistical information on forced disappearances between 1960 and 2015. More than 25,700 people have disappeared or gone missing in Mexico in recent years, according to official figures, more than half of them during the current administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto, which began in December 2012. Mexico’s government, for its part, acknowledged to the U.N. Committee on Enforced Disappearances in February that it lacks and needs to create an exclusive registry for cases of enforced disappearances.

The Philippines will improve human rights after critical US report

The Free District, an independent online magazine from Thailand, carried a story today saying that The Philippines says a US rights report which criticized Manila’s human rights record will help it to improve. The…

Daily World News Digest, 7 August 2015

Libya: number of missing people exceeds 600

The North Africa Post carried a story on 6 August saying that more than 600 people have gone missing in Libya between February 2014 and April 2015 and the fate and whereabouts of at least 378 remain unknown, though the real numbers are likely to be much higher. The figures were disclosed Wednesday by Amnesty International in its latest report on Libya which imputed the alarming situation to rampant insecurity in the country. The report dubbed “Vanished off the face of the earth” says people are kidnapped for their political beliefs, membership to a tribal or political community, or for ransom.

Peoples’ Democratic Party appeals to UN for extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances

The Bianet, Turkish press agency, reported on 6 August that Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) demanded an investigation from UN Rapporteur for “illegal, extrajudicial and arbitrary executions” in Turkey. HDP Co-Chairs…

Daily World News Digest, 6 August 2015

Disappeared Gambian journalist slammed with sedition charge

The Global Voices reported on 5 August that a Gambian radio journalist who disappeared on July 17, 2015 was charged with sedition this week by a magistrate court in the capital city of Banjul. Although it is assumed that he is being held by authorities in secret, his whereabouts and condition are unknown. Many have suffered the horrors of the regime in Gambia: physical and psychological violence, imprisonment, confiscation of properties, and travel documents, enforced disappearances, murders and hundreds of people forced into exiles. The Gambia has one of the harshest press and Internet regulations on the continent.

Egypt detains over 60 Muslim Brotherhood supporters

The Press TV, broadcaster from Tehran, carried a story on 5 August saying that Egyptian security forces have detained at least 61 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood across the country over the past 24 hours. The Egyptian Interior Ministry…

Daily World News Digest, 5 August 2015

Kosovo parliament votes to allow war crimes court

The New York Times reported on 4 August that the Kosovo Parliament has amended the country’s constitution to allow for the creation of a war crimes court, which is expected to try ethnic Albanians accused of war crimes. The move is viewed by many world powers, including the United States and the European Union, as a vital prerequisite for regional reconciliation in the aftermath of the bloody Balkan wars of the 1990s. The 120-seat Parliament approved the constitutional changes by a vote of 82 to 5 on Monday. The court, which is to be made up of international judges and based in The Hague, is expected to hear war crimes cases, including accusations of organ harvesting committed against Serbs. Ethnic Albanians who oppose the court contend that it threatens to unfairly challenge the longstanding view of the 1998-99 Kosovo war and turn…

Daily World News Digest, 4 August 2015

Sudan: attacks in South Kordofan “constitute war crimes”

Amnesty International issued a report today confirming that government forces in Sudan have committed war crimes against the civilian population of South Kordofan. The report “Don’t we matter? Four years of unrelenting attacks against civilians of Sudan’s South Kordofan State” chronicles the human cost of the conflict which has claimed hundreds of civilian lives and sparked a dire humanitarian crisis. “For years Sudanese Armed Forces have been raining down bombs and shells indiscriminately on civilian populations, destroying lives and livelihoods and triggering a major humanitarian crisis,” said Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s ‎Deputy Regional Director.

Search for missing persons from region continues

The Chronicle, weekly from South Australia, carried a story on 4 August saying that almost 6500 people in Queensland are reported missing every year, and police are urging the community to “Follow your Instincts” when it comes to preventing someone from becoming…

Daily World News Digest, 3 August 2015

Nigeria Boko Haram crisis: Army rescues 178 people

BBC carried a story on 3 August saying that the Nigerian military says it has rescued 178 people from the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northern Borno state. In a statement released on Sunday, it said that 101 of those freed were children and a further 67 were women. The statement did not say if the girls abducted from a school in Chibok in April 2014 were among them. The military also says that a Boko Haram commander was captured and several camps were cleared. Boko Haram has killed some 5,500 civilians in Nigeria since 2014. More than 200 of the Chibok girls are still missing, more than a year after they were kidnapped from their school in northern Nigeria.

Sindh: A new Balochistan?

The News on Sunday, Pakistan’s weekly magazine, reported on 2 August that the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan…

July Monthly World News Digest

ICMP’s Daily World News Digest brings together news stories dealing with enforced disappearances and missing persons cases from around the world. It offers a snapshot of daily events and over a longer period it highlights key trends.

Mediterranean Migration Crisis

Fatalities and maritime rescue efforts were recorded throughout July as a result of the migratory pattern in the Mediterranean generated by conflict and sustained by ruthless human trafficking. Faced with an unprecedented flow of asylum seekers European governments struggled to fashion a response.

On 30 June the International Organization for Migration reported  that migrant arrivals in Italy had topped 20,000 in May and June respectively. Approximately 2,900 migrants who were rescued in the channel of Sicily in the last two days of June brought the total number of migrants arriving in Italy in the first half of 2014 to about 66,500 according to the IOM – a slight increase from…

Daily World News Digest, 31 July 2015

Lobby against India UNSC seat

The Asian Age reports today that a pressure group representing the families of the victims of enforced disappearances in Jammu and Kashmir has written to the member states of the United Nations not to support India’s move to become a permanent member of the Security Council. It was stated in the request that “the Indian State’s record comprises enforced disappearance of more than 8,000 people, existence of unmarked and mass graves, extrajudicial killings, torture, sexual assault and numerous other human rights violations.” “The Indian State never allowed the United Nations special rapporteur on enforced or involuntary disappearances to visit Jammu and Kashmir, and did not ratify the Convention against Enforced Disappearances,” it added.

New system homes in on missing persons

The PS News, Australian news portal, carried a story today saying that new technology developed by the national police information agency CrimTrac is expected to…