Daily World News Digest 17 January 2020

South Dakota: “clearing house” for missing persons

Kelo reports that the Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a measure that would establish a missing persons clearinghouse. The bill will help to carry out the mission set by last’s year’s bill on missing and murdered indigenous persons and will also allow neighboring states to share more information with the public using a website.

Mass grave found in Panama

The BBC reports that the bodies of seven people have been found in a mass grave in an indigenous area of Panama controlled by a religious sect. The deceased include a pregnant woman and five of her children. A further 15 people were freed from alleged captivity.

UN: “staggering number” of extrajudicial killings in Colombia

The UN human rights office, OHCHR, has expressed concern over the “staggering number” of human rights activists killed in Colombia last year, UN News reports. Rights defenders advocating on behalf of community-based groups and specific ethnic groups accounted for the largest number of victims, while the number of women rights defenders killed increased by almost 50 percent in 2019 compared to 2018.

Kenya: Impunity for police

Standard Digital from Kenya covers the 2019 report by Human Rights Watch, which found that law enforcement officers in the country who have been involved in human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, “go unpunished”. HRW says officers have declined to cooperate with investigations by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority into extra-judicial killings.

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.