Daily World News Digest, 10 May 2019

Missing and disappeared Indigenous women

Public Radio International carries an in-depth report on the issue of missing Indigenous women in North America. It notes that Canada’s National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is exploring ways of collecting data, as data collection does not currently take into account cultural or racial identity and gender diversity. https://bit.ly/2VszS6w

Thailand: fears of enforced disappearance of activists

Human Rights Watch has called on the authorities in Thailand immediately to disclose the whereabouts of three activists who were reportedly extradited from Hanoi to Bangkok. Thai authorities have not acknowledged their arrest and detention, raising concerns that they have become victims of enforced disappearance. http://bit.ly/2vRbhJw

Mexico: Mothers march for the disappeared

Thousands of mothers and families of the disappeared across Mexico are demonstrating on the occasion on Mother’s Day to demand action from the authorities to locate their missing loved ones and to support truth and justice, La Prensa reports. https://bit.ly/2YpDO57

Sixty-six migrants rescued off Libya coast

Sixty-six migrants were rescued in international waters off Libya on Thursday during two separate operations carried out by the Italian navy and a charity ship, France 24 reports. http://bit.ly/2Wz7AUz

Brazil: extrajudicial killings

In a letter sent to the UN Special Investigator on Extrajudicial Killings, the head of the human rights commission of Rio de Janeiro’s legislative assembly, Renata Souza, has blamed state Governor Wilson Witzel for a surge in police killings, which totaled a record 434 in the first three months of the year, the Associated Press reports. Souza argues that Witzel has made statements “legitimizing” police violence in the state’s slums and suburbs. http://bit.ly/2Jw6ncE

Seychelles: Truth, Reconciliation and National Unity Commission

Members of a newly-established Truth, Reconciliation and National Unity commission in the Seychelles have been sworn in, the Seychelles News Agency reports. The commission which was set up last year following the approval of the National Assembly will act as a forum in which to discuss issues that followed the country’s 1977 coup d’état. http://bit.ly/2Yn2Mlz

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.