Daily World News Digest, 13 April 2017

Serbia unable to address migration issues

Blic carries comments today by the Director of the Asylum Protection Centre in Belgrade, Rados Djurovic, who says that migrants and refugees from the Middle East are staying longer in Serbia, while their countries of origin refuse to accept them back. ”It’s an unfortunate situation,” he said. “There is poor cooperation with Macedonia and difficult cooperation with Bulgaria. They refuse to take the people back. We cannot take them back to the countries they come from because Serbia does not have diplomatic missions there. In Afghanistan, we do not have a representative office, nor in Somalia.” http://bit.ly/2p8SOGE

Egypt urged to confirm detention of missing Palestinians

Human Rights Watch today urged the Egyptian authorities to state immediately if they are or if they were holding four Palestinian men from Gaza affiliated with Hamas whose whereabouts are unknown. The Palestinians were taken away by armed men after crossing from Gaza to Egypt nearly 20 months ago. Based on media reports, including photographs purporting to show two of the men in a Cairo detention facility, the families believe they are in Egyptian custody. If true, their prolonged incommunicado detention, with Egyptian authorities denying knowledge of the detention or refusing to reveal their whereabouts, would constitute enforced disappearances, HRW says in a letter to Interior Minister Magdy Abd al-Ghaffar. http://bit.ly/2pwdRiR

EU calls on members states to do more for migrant children

The Washington Post reported yesterday that the EU has asked member countries to do more to look after migrant children with around one in three asylum seekers entering the bloc a child. The Commission said on Wednesday that child protection officers should be appointed to areas where many migrants arrive and that children should be quickly identified and sheltered. Children should also have access to legal aid, health care, social support and education without delay. Foster or family care should be offered to unaccompanied minors. http://wapo.st/2pwbmgs

Protests against detention of Nigerian leader

The Nigerian Tribune reported yesterday on protests in the Nigerian capital Abuja, organized to protest the detention of Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, head of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), and his wife Zeenah. Although Nigeria’s High Court ordered the release of the pair on 2 December 2016 after a period of detention of almost a year the order has yet to be implemented. The demonstrators also called for an independent investigation into the killing of IMN supporters by security forces since 2015. http://bit.ly/2oZZuXQ

Genocide memorials a key tool in fighting denial

The New Times, a news agency from Rwanda, yesterday reported comments by Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi’s, in which he said that visiting genocide memorial sites can play a significant role in fighting genocide ideology and genocide denial. On Wednesday, the Prime Minister addressed thousands of mourners at the Murambi memorial in Nyamagabe District in the southern part of Rwanda at an event held in memory of those who were killed in the area during the 1994 Genocide. http://bit.ly/2p01MWJ

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.