Daily World News Digest, 13 December 2018

Pakistan: “There is no room for enforced disappearances in a democracy”

Noting that “there is no room for enforced disappearance in a democracy”, Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari has proposed amendments to a draft law on missing persons, the Tribune newspaper reports. Dr Mazari said a series of meetings with “all stakeholders” including Balochistan leader Akhtar Mengal, is underway. https://bit.ly/2RUrIhl

Syria: Hundreds of bodies found

According to the official Sana news agency, seven mass graves containing hundreds of unidentified bodies have been unearthed near the former Da’esh group stronghold of Albu Kamal in eastern Syria, the BBC reports. There were several women among the dead, and more than 100 bodies have been recovered so far. https://bbc.in/2PyBlR2

Philippines urged to ratify UN Convention on Enforced Disappearances

Philippine’s opposition Senator Leila de Lima says President Rodrigo Duterte must ratify the UN Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance in order to “strengthen access to justice and the right to effective remedy”, the Inquirer reports. Despite legislation enacted in 2012, “thousands remain missing and possibly many of them already dead, without any effective and clear action plan from our government,” De Lima said. https://bit.ly/2GeCkGE

Iran: enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions

Amnesty International has published a video on enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions in Iran in 1988, citing a protracted campaign by the authorities “to hide the truth that they had forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed at least 5,000 political dissidents as part of a systematic effort to eliminate political opposition.” https://bit.ly/2S1gWWw


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.