Daily Digest, 8 July 2019

Malaysia: enforced disappearance official enquiry

The Free Malaysia Today news portal carries an opinion piece on a series of high-profile disappearances that are the subject of an official enquiry. A book about the disappearances is described as “a compelling narrative of the pain, anguish and uncertainty endured by the families of the missing as well as their unrelenting quest for justice”, detailing “the determination of ordinary citizens, lawyers, civil society groups and churchmen to hold their government accountable.” https://bit.ly/2S4ljBd

Tunisia: more than 60 missing after migrant shipwreck

Aljazeera reports that the human remains of 12 African migrants have been recovered by Tunisia’s coastguard. The Tunisian Red Crescent said a boat carrying more than 80 people sank soon after leaving Libya, amid fears that most of the migrants have drowned. https://bit.ly/32bNyTj

Malta allows rescued migrants to disembark

A group of 65 migrants rescued off Libya have been allowed to disembark in Malta, according to the BBC. They will be relocated to other parts of the EU following talks between the European Commission, and the German and Maltese authorities. The “Alan Kurdi” rescue ship transferred the rescued migrants to the Maltese navy. https://bbc.in/30mt7B0

Philippines: extrajudicial executions and other violations

Reuters carries a story on impunity and extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, citing a report in which Amnesty International urges the UN Human Rights Council to launch an investigation. It says there is no exact figure for the number of dead from President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs”, but some 6,000 have been killed in police-led operations. https://bit.ly/2YD6nMZ

Pakistan Missing Persons Commission registers 32 cases in June

Pakistan’s Missing Persons Commission has resolved 3,938 out of a total of 6,156 registered missing persons cases, Pakistan Today reports. The Commission conducted 702 hearings in June, including 194 in Islamabad, 86 in Lahore, 210 in Karachi, and 126 in Quetta. https://bit.ly/2NDOAE9

Items in the Daily World News Digest are summaries of published reports relevant to the issue of missing persons, compiled by ICMP staff. These items do not necessarily reflect the position of ICMP.