Daily World News Digest 11 December 2019

Bangladesh: disappearances and extrajudicial killings

Marking International Human Rights Day, a human rights organization in Bangladesh, Odhikar, says it has documented 1,921 extrajudicial killings and 600 enforced disappearances in the country since 2009, Anadolu Agency reports. Activists say the authorities have ignored calls for an independent commission to be set up to investigate disappearances and extrajudicial killings. http://bit.ly/2t9hqTd

Pakistan: call for legislation on enforced disappearances

Civil society activists in Pakistan have used the occasion of International Civil Rights Day to call for legislation that would criminalize enforced disappearance and bring perpetrators to justice, Dawn reports. Activists highlight the fact that 2,206 cases are currently before the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances. http://bit.ly/2E6dKnh

Kenya: extrajudicial killings

The Independent Medical Legal Unit in Kenya has reported that police have executed at least 91 people since the beginning of 2019, according to the Standard Digital news portal. The rights organization is calling for funds to be allocated so that “the government can provide redress to victims of torture, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances”. http://bit.ly/2LH2CSg

Ireland: legislation on mass grave reburials

Draft legislation enabling the reburial of the remains of hundreds of babies and children from a mass grave at a former Catholic care home in Ireland has been published, the Irish Mirror reports. The proposed law would authorize excavation, exhumation and re-interment of the remains at the site at Tuam Mother and Baby Home in Galway where almost 1,000 bodies are believed to have been buried. http://bit.ly/2qDg6a6

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.