Daily World News Digest, 13 April 2016

About 1000 Cypriots still missing

In-Cyprus reported on 12 April that about 1000 people, Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot, are still missing and their fate remains under investigation by the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus. This is what the Committee’s Greek Cypriot Member Nestoras Nestoros said on Tuesday in response to reports in the Turkish Cypriot press that the number of remaining cases is only 888. Nestoros argued that the total number of missing persons in Cyprus is 2001 and that 1113 have been identified but some 50 cases refer to archeological remains. And others are identified through a data base. http://bit.ly/1V0tgF3

Human rights activists report 16 Armenian soldiers missing

Vestnik Kavkaza, a Russian daily, carried a story on 12 April saying that the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (HCA) Vanadzor Office has issued a statement to contribute to the study of the circumstances in which persons went missing during the hostilities broken out on the night of 2 April, 2016. The text of the document was published on the site of HCA Vanadzor office. The Organization has collected information about 16 missing persons so far. Such information was obtained from the families of such persons, social networks, media and official sources. Human rights activists urge the authorities to carry out a thorough investigation to find out the causes and circumstances of such incidents and to provide the families of the missing persons with relevant information. http://bit.ly/1oWqjr4

North Korea: Kim Il-Sung’s catastrophic rights legacy

Human Rights Watch issued a statement on 12 April saying that as North Korea prepares to celebrate the birthday of the country’s late founder and perpetual president, Kim Il-Sung, on 15 April, the world should urgently demand an end to the systematic human rights abuses taking place today in North Korea. “Kim Il-Sung’s rule was based on ruthless rights abuses, including frequent use of enforced disappearances and deadly prison camps to inflict fear and repress any voices challenging his rule,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director. Kim Il-Sung abducted foreign nationals from South Korea, Japan, and elsewhere, and disappeared hundreds of thousands into a hidden system of work-camps. http://bit.ly/1qo1OE9

Search brigade seeks bodies in Veracruz

Mexico News Daily carried a story on 12 April saying that amid charges of inaction by government, citizens groups have formed in various parts of Mexico for several years to search for missing loved ones, whose numbers soared after the war on drugs was declared in 2006. Now another such group has formed, this time in response to disappearances in the state of Veracruz. Members of the National Search Brigade for Disappeared People are being accompanied by family members of people who have disappeared. The searchers will be joined in the state by a professional human remains identification team and a group of researchers from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). http://bit.ly/1VTMKdw

Refugee crisis: Where have 6,000 children vanished?

Deutsche Welle carried a story on 12 April saying that the figures are alarming: In the past year, 5,835 refugee children have been reported missing in Germany. The Interior Ministry of Germany released the numbers as a response to a parliamentary inquiry. “The missing unaccompanied minors come mainly from Afghanistan, Syria, Eritrea, Morocco and Algeria,” states the ministry’s report. Most of the young people and children have probably just continued their journey, for example, to Sweden or Denmark, says Barbara Kuppers, a child rights expert from the organization Terre des Hommes. However, some of the missing children have been victims of crime. http://bit.ly/1V0xCw5

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.