Daily World News Digest, 11 February 2019

Vietnam: US veterans help find Vietnamese missing from the war

Cleveland.com reports on the Veterans Initiative of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) program, which started in 1993 and utilizes artifacts and testimony of US veterans to help Vietnam find the remains of persons missing from the war. VVA teams have made 25 trips to Vietnam, providing information on 304 possible burial sites. Vietnam, which still has hundreds of thousands of missing persons, has used this information to recover more than 2,000 remains. http://bit.ly/2tddjlQ

Rescued Yezidis return to Sinjar

After been enslaved for more than four years, five Yezidi women and seven children have been rescued by the Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria and have returned to their families in Sinjar, KirkukNow reports, highlighting the fact that 3,000 Yezidis are still missing (original article in Arabic). https://bit.ly/2UPlujZ

Pashtun’s against forced disappearances

In an opinion piece in the New York Times, Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen a Pashtun activist, describes how his movement began in Pakistan when in January 2018 Naqeebullah Mehsud, an aspiring model and businessman from Waziristan who was working in Karachi, was killed by police. He writes that his movement seeks security and political rights for Pashtuns and demands investigations into the killings of thousands of other Pashtuns by security forces and militants and an end to enforced disappearances. https://nyti.ms/2TIbetP

Amnesty: crackdown on dissent in Côte d’Ivoire

Amnesty International has urged the authorities in Côte d’Ivoire to end arbitrary arrests and release those detained for activities perceived as dissent. It says “arbitrary arrests and judicial harassment of activists and opposition leaders are part of a sustained attack on dissenting voices in Côte d’Ivoire,” and notes that there have been “at least 152 deaths in detention since August 2014”. http://bit.ly/2RSzsQb

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.