Daily World News Digest, 12 April 2016

Missing and murdered: No one knows how many native women have disappeared

Indian Country Today Media Network carried a story on 11 April saying that although Trudi Lee was only 7 when her big sister went missing back in 1971, she wept when she talked about that traumatic event 45 years later. “When Native women go missing, they are very likely to be dead.” Indeed, on some reservations, Native women are murdered at more than 10 times the national average, according to U.S. Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli. Unlike Canada, where indigenous leaders and advocates have pressured the government to begin to confirm the numbers of missing and murdered indigenous women, the U.S. has done little to address the issue. There is no comprehensive data collection system regarding the number of missing and murdered Native women. http://bit.ly/1qMdSQx

HRW: ‘Generation robbed of their rights to education in Nigeria’

Human Rights Watch issued a statement today saying that a Boko Haram’s attacks on schools, students, and teachers in northeast Nigeria have had a devastating impact on education. The conflict has left nearly 1 million children with little or no access to school. The 86-page report, “‘They Set the Classrooms on Fire’: Attacks on Education in Northeast Nigeria,” documents Boko Haram’s increasingly brutal assaults on schools, students, and teachers since 2009 in Borno, Yobe, and Kano states. At least 611 teachers have been deliberately killed and another 19,000 forced to flee. The group has abducted more than 2,000 civilians, many of them women and girls, including large groups of students. http://bit.ly/1VkPn9V

Mexico’s crisis of enforced disappearances hits women hard

Telesur news portal carried reported on 11 April that a gender crisis that sees four women forcibly disappeared every month in the western Mexican state of Jalisco has prompted authorities to immediately begin searching for missing women and girls in the state. The new plan to ensure prompt searches comes after the state declared a gender alert in February over the crisis of femicide and forcibly disappeared women and girls in at least eight of its largest municipalities. Meanwhile, the Mexican Senate released a report claiming that there were 136 cases of forced disappearance in the country between 2008 and 2015. More than 27,600 people are missing in Mexico, according to human rights organizations.  http://bit.ly/1S6IKE3

Egypt: 204 enforced disappearance from December 2015 to March 2016

Daily News Egypt reported on 11 April that the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) reported more than 204 enforced disappearance cases from December 2015 to March 2016. According to the report, only 103 of those reported to have been subject to an enforced disappearance reappeared later, while the whereabouts of the remaining people are still unknown. The ECRF report highlighted the continuation of the phenomenon of enforced disappearances. People in their mid-20s and children recorded the highest prevalence in the total number of cases. Moreover, students were the most targeted demographic, with a total of 100 students having been forcibly disappeared. http://bit.ly/1N5Iw0O

Conflict victims in Nepal demand reforms and criminalization of enforced disappearances

The Himalayan Times, a daily from Nepal, reported today that the Conflict Victims Common Platform, an alliance of a number of organizations representing those hit by the conflict, submitted a memorandum to the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers and demanded that their concerns about legal and structural reforms of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons be addressed. The conflict victims demanded that the government formulate laws regarding criminalization of enforced disappearance and torture and redefine violation of human rights, among other legal reforms. http://bit.ly/1ScN1sF

Zaria massacre: 347 Shiites buried in mass grave by Nigerian military, Kaduna State official confirms

Sahara Reporters reported on 11 April that the Kaduna State government announced on Monday that 347 Shiites were killed by Nigerian troops and buried in mass graves in December 2015. Secretary to the State Government Balarabe Lawal made the announcement during the Public Hearing of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the killings. The Zaria massacre saw the Nigerian army rampage against unarmed Shiite civilians killing hundreds and covering up their act by digging mass graves. The Secretary stated further that 40 Nigerian military men supervised the mass burial; 189 suspects are being prosecuted for their involvement in the massacre, according to Mr. Lawal. http://bit.ly/1Nm2hvM

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.