Daily World News Digest, 14 November 2017

Ariel Dulitzky interview on enforced disappearances in Mexico

More than a decade into a violent conflict that seems nowhere near being resolved, Mexico is a country haunted by the missing. The Mexican government estimates that more than 32,000 people have disappeared in the last decade. In 2010, Ariel Dulitzky was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to a five-person working group tasked with investigating the spike in kidnappings. What he found was a government unwilling to tackle the growing problem, which was highlighted by the unsolved 2014 mass kidnapping of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College. http://bit.ly/2yySKkF

Newspaper tallies 33,293 dead migrants

The German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel has published a list of people it says died while trying to immigrate to Europe between 1993 and May of this year, a list that contains exactly 33,293 entries. These entries offer the circumstances of each migrant’s death, as well as name, age, and country of origin, where available. And though the list may end in May of this year, the staggering human toll continues to rise. The IOM reports that at least 2,961 people have died on the journey into Europe this year, as of 10 November. http://n.pr/2ABqheS

Pakistan: call for commission on enforced disappearances to be disbanded

Pakistan People’s Party Senator Farhatullah Babar has called for the disbanding of the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances. “Time is ripe to disband the commission and establish a new one with experts as its members, as it has failed to deliver and publish its report,” the senator said during a meeting with the Pakistan Senate’s Human Rights Committee. http://bit.ly/2iU5njN

Myanmar: army denies killing of civilians

The Burmese military’s latest claim that its forces did not commit abuses during recent operations against ethnic Rohingya in Rakhine State is contrary to a large and growing body of evidence, Human Rights Watch has said, as an army “investigation team” issued a report finding that there were “no deaths of innocent people,” while at least 376 “terrorists” were killed during fighting. http://bit.ly/2zzbFQ5

Civilian struggle in war-torn Syria

In a new report, Amnesty International warns that civilians who have suffered horrific sieges and been subjected to intensive bombardments have been given no choice but to leave or die under so-called “reconciliation” agreements between the Syrian government and armed opposition groups. Both sides have restricted and blocked access to humanitarian and medical aid crucial for survival, especially when people could not afford the inflated prices of goods and medicine. http://bit.ly/2zBvPIO

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.