Daily World News Digest, 13 July 2016

Amnesty: Hundreds ‘disappeared’ by Egyptian forces

CNN reported today on the new report published by Amnesty International alleging human rights violations occurring in Egypt. According to Amnesty, hundreds have disappeared in year-long wave of brutal repression. The report also mentions the case of the Italian Giulio Regeni, the 28-year-old Cambridge University PhD student who was found in the outskirts of Cairo in February, with his body bearing signs of torture. Amnesty says that in the first five months of 2016 alone, a suspected 630 enforced disappearances have already been documented, which amounts to an average of four or five people each day since 2015. http://cnn.it/29Cw0nC

Bangladesh: Police must establish fate and whereabouts of disappeared Dhaka attack hostage

Amnesty International called upon the Bangladeshi authorities on 12 July  to immediately establish the fate and whereabouts of a surviving hostage from the recent Dhaka terrorist attack who has been missing since taken by police for questioning. Hasnat Karim, his wife and two children were taken into custody for questioning on 2 July. His family have been released the next day, but there are no words about Mr.Karim’s whereabouts. Amnesty International said the authorities have issued conflicting claims about Hasnat Karim’s whereabouts, as the Dhaka Police Official claimed on July 10 that Hasnat Karim had been released four days earlier, while the Detective Branch Official claimed the police still had Hasnat Karim in custody. http://bit.ly/2a8fJrB

No solid lead to validate missing persons’ IS links

The Hindu, a daily from India, reported today that according to the investigations by various Indian Intelligence agencies, there are no solid leads to validate the theory that the 21 missing persons from Kasaragod and Palakkad have joined the camps of the Islamic State in Syria or Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the investigators received more complaints about individuals missing from their families under suspicious circumstances. Investigation furtherly leads to the local religious leader and a former goon in Kochi, who allegedly recruited the youths for terror organisations. http://bit.ly/29xwniD

Transitional justice at risk

The Kathmandu Post, a daily from Nepal, carried out a story today about the political crisis in Nepal that made the half-finished transitional justice process uncertain. The third largest party, the CPN (Maoist Centre),  pulled out of the government on Tuesday 12 June, accusing Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli of not honouring the nine-point pact and the agreement reached on 5 May. The deal seekeded to begin the process of amending laws and procedures related to transitional justice and reconciliation. The Chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission said that without amendment to the existing and enactment of new laws, the Commission won’t be able to to come up with a complete report acceptable to victims and the human rights community. http://bit.ly/29wj1Ej

5,000 migrant kids vanished in Italy: but where are they?

R2P Live, a global portal related to the Responsibility to Protect principle, reported on 11 July that according to Europol at least 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees have disappeared after arriving in Europe over the past two years, with half that number having vanished in Italy. According to Brian Donald, the Europol’s chief of staff, “a sophisticated pan-European ‘criminal infrastructure’ was now targeting refugees”, and that although some of the missing children may have joined family members in parts of Europe, Europol simply doesn’t know “where they are, what they’re doing or whom they are with”. A spokesperson for Save the Children Italy said the figures are “extremely worrying” and point to a “severe gap in Europe’s child protection systems across the whole of the route”. http://bit.ly/29GI4aU

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.