Daily World News Digest, 11 February 2015

Croatian General Accused of Inciting Violence

Balkan Insight reported on 10 February that a Zagreb-based youth NGO has filed criminal charges against wartime Croatian General Branimir Glavas, accusing him of inciting violence and hatred at a rally to celebrate his release from jail in Bosnia and Herzgeovina in January after serving four years of a prison sentence for committing war crimes in Osijek in Croatia. http://bit.ly/1vjba07

Pakistan Supreme Court calls for joint effort to trace missing persons

The Express Tribune newspaper from Pakistan reported on 11 February that Pakistan’s Supreme Court has asked state and provincial authorities to launch coordinated efforts for the recovery of missing persons and to address the issue of unidentified bodies abandoned in different parts of the country. “There should be an effective mechanism so that whenever a dead body is found, the relatives of the missing persons should be contacted to identify it,” the Supreme Court said in a statement issued on Tuesday. http://bit.ly/1yeg8vx

Indian Court Calls for Missing Persons Guidelines

The New Indian Express reported on 11 February that the High Court in Bangalore, India’s third largest city, on Tuesday directed the Karnataka state government to produce in the next two weeks a set of procedures to deal with missing persons cases. The Court was told that Karnataka stands fourth in the number of missing persons cases in India, and has become a transit point for human trafficking. According to the Indian National Crime Records Bureau, in 2014, 412 missing human trafficking cases were registered in Karnataka, compared to 669 in West Bengal, 549 in Tamil Nadu and 541 in Andhra Pradesh. According to a petition before the High Court, nearly 3,234 women and children were trafficked in Karnataka between 2010 and 2012. http://bit.ly/16StwPG

Argentina: new information on 1977 disappearance

The Buenos Aires Herald reported on 10 February that secret documents related to the 1977 disappearance of Swedish citizen Dagmar Hagelin were published in the Foreign Ministry’s website on Monday detailing dozens of exchanges between the Swedish government and the 1976-1983 military Junta, showing how different levels of the military government repeatedly denied any knowledge of the whereabouts of 17-year-old Halgelin. Swedish authorities accused the Argentine navy of being responsible for the kidnapping and disappearance of Hagelin. The Swedish-Argentine citizen was kidnapped on 28 January 1977 and is believed to have been taken to the ESMA navy school — which served as a clandestine concentration camp during the dictatorship. It is believed that she was executed a month or two after she was kidnapped. http://bit.ly/1Mc5xvj

Kidnappings, murders continue in Mexican state

Telesurtv of Venezuela reported on 10 February that kidnappings have continued in the state of Guerrero, where 43 students were abducted last September. The station quoted Mexican newspaper Proceso saying that an armed group murdered five people and kidnapped three others in the town of San Geronimo Palantla in Guerrero on Sunday. The town is in a district known for heroin and marijuana production, as well as violent confrontations between politically well-connected criminal gangs, according to Proceso. The paper said that during the weekend a least 11 people were kidnapped in Cocula, the town where the 43 students were allegedly killed. http://bit.ly/1DhdZoV

Nepal Forms Commissions to Probe War Crimes, Disappearances

The Associated Press reported on 10 February that on Tuesday Nepal formed two commissions to investigate crimes committed during the decade-long civil conflict that ended in 2006 and to investigate the cases of hundreds of people who disappeared.  Disagreements among the main political parties had caused extended delays in forming the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission on Enforced Disappearance.  More than 13,000 people went missing during the conflict. http://abcn.ws/1E007y2

Strategy to address murders, disappearances of aboriginal women in Canada

The Times Colonist of Canada reported on 10 February that the new national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Perry Bellegarde will discuss the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada at a 27 February meeting with government ministers.  More federal and provincial money for housing, safe shelters, day care and wellness centers, more programs to prevent violence and greater co-ordination among the country’s various police forces are all items Bellegarde wishes to discuss at the meeting. Nearly 1,200 aboriginal women have been murdered or gone missing in Canada in the last 30 years.  The government’s last budget included a five-year, $25-million renewal of money aimed at stopping violence against aboriginal women and girls. http://bit.ly/1AWL3mS

Items in 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.