Daily World News Digest, 17 May 2017

Pakistan: 2016 with the highest number of enforced disappearances

The News, from Pakistan, reported on Wednesday, that according to the Pakistan Human Right Commission’s (HRC) annual State of Human Rights report, 2016 saw a record number of enforced disappearances in the country, with 728 people added to the official list of the disappeared. Three human rights activists were killed during the year while a number of others continued to receive threats from state and non-state actors. The HRC report follows a recent UN report that criticized the widespread practice of torture by law enforcement agencies in Pakistan. http://bit.ly/2quHR08

Colombia: victims call for records of military human rights abuses

On Tuesday Telesur reported that a group of lawyers in Colombia has called on the Constitutional Court to declassify military intelligence files in order to increase transparency in the process of reparations for victims as part of the historic peace deal signed between the government and FARC last year. The group is demanding a public hearing on victims’ rights as part of the Truth Commission that will strive to uncover the truth behind abuses committed during the half-century-long conflict. http://bit.ly/2qpfEtB

EU plan to relocate 160,000 refugees from Italy and Greece by September failing

The Independent reported on Tuesday that the EU’s plan to resettle up to 160,000 refugees from Italy and Greece throughout member states is failing amid waning political will to help those risking their lives to reach Europe. The EU’s Migration Commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said some countries have failed to relocate a single person.  http://ind.pn/2rcAVaZ

Gambia: victims of human rights abuses call for justice

Jollof News reported on Wednesday that victims of right abuses including torture, arbitrary arrest, prolonged detention and extra-judicial killing under the former Gambian regime of President Yahya Jammeh have formed an association to help advance their cause for justice. The association is based on the Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations (GCVHRV). http://bit.ly/2pTcnjb

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.