Daily World News Digest, 17 March 2015

Women Often Forgotten in Cases of Forced Disappearance

On 16 March the AllAfrica news portal covered the release of “The Disappeared and Invisible: Revealing the Enduring Impact of Enforced Disappearances on Women,” a report by the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). The ICTJ notes that while women are a minority of those who are forcibly disappeared, they represent “the majority of family members who suffer exacerbated social, economic, and psychological disadvantages as a result of the loss of a male family member who is often a breadwinner.” Surveying 31 countries – mostly in Africa and Central and South America – the ICTJ report states that in addition to torture and ill treatment, women who are illegally detained are often subject to gender-based violence including sexual violence and separation from their children. http://bit.ly/1BLVOGF

China detained nearly 1,000 activists last year: report

The China Post reports today that Chinese authorities detained nearly 1,000 human rights defenders in 2014, according to a report released on 16 March by Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD). CHRD recorded 955 cases of activists and others it describes as rights defenders being deprived of their freedom in 2014. The total for the previous two years was 1,160. “Those who demanded to exercise their fundamental rights or challenge the increasingly repressive system faced government retaliation, including the use of torture, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, intimidation and other forms of mistreatment,” the group wrote. http://bit.ly/1MI8rFP

Statisticians uncover world’s missing migrants

The Washington Post reported on 16 March on the statistical method developed by Nikola Sander, Guy Abel and Ramon Bauer of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital to analyze the flow of migrants around the world. Among other things, they demonstrate that nearly 2 million Mexicans emigrated to the US between 2005 and 2010, and there were substantial flows to the US from China, India and the Philippines. Those who emigrated from the US, on the other hand, were most likely to go to European countries. There were huge flows of migrants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines into the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. http://wapo.st/1FuDPY1

Family members of missing Mexican students visit US

The Monitor news portal from the US state of Texas reported on 16 March on the campaign by family members of the 43 students who were abducted in southern Mexico in September 2014 to publicize the case in the US. The U.S. tour, called Caravana 43, is an effort to create international awareness for the families of the missing students. In total, three caravans will visit at least 43 cities all over the United States in the next month. http://bit.ly/1BsBV3N

Serbia Remands Alleged French Child Kidnappers

BalkanInsight reported on 16 March that the Special Court in Belgrade on Monday ordered 30 days’ custody for one man and two women, all holders of French passports, suspected of kidnapping a two-year-old girl from her mother around noon on 13 March in a street in Belgrade’s Brace Jerkovic neighborhood. Police blocked all roads out of the capital and after three hours arrested the three suspects when they crashed through a ramp at a toll station some 30 kilometers north-west of the capital. The child was recovered with no injuries. Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said the kidnappers had a French passport prepared for the girl. http://bit.ly/1FufnFZ

Searching for the Disappeared In Putin’s Crimea Fortress

The Daily Beast reported on 16 March that since last spring, detentions, abductions, false accusations, and torture at the hands of local security agencies have become routine in Crimea. It cites the case of former Soviet dissident Abdureshit Dzhepparov, who lost his youngest son, 18-year-old Islyam, and his nephew, 23-year-old Dzhevdet Isliamov, last September when a group of men in black uniforms pushed the boys into a black vehicle during the middle of the day, in front of witnesses in the family’s home town of Belogorsk. Neither Islyam nor Dzhevdet have been seen since. Dzhepparov, who is Muslim, says that his older son was killed in Syria in 2013 under murky circumstances, but he is adamant that it wasn’t the Syria connection that got his younger son snatched; rather, he says, “the boys were abducted for my own activism in the Tatar community.” http://thebea.st/1xugvCV

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.