Daily World News Digest 17 October 2019

Malaysia: task force on enforced disappearance

Malaysian Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says the government is awaiting the findings of a special task force announced in June to investigate the enforced disappearance of a Christian pastor and an activist, the Malay Mail reports. The seven-member taskforce is chaired by former High Court Judge Datuk Abd Rahim Uda and has been given six months to complete its investigation. http://bit.ly/2MkPWkD

UN: impunity for crimes against human rights defenders must end

The overwhelming majority of human rights violations committed against human rights defenders around the world remain unpunished, according to UN Special Rapporteur Michael Frost. A press release issued by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights quotes Frost as saying that human rights defenders around the world are subjected to “killings, enforced disappearances, torture, arbitrary detentions, forced displacement, threats and attacks.” http://bit.ly/2Bih0e7

Liberia: mechanisms to address war crimes

All Africa reports on a proposal by George Weah related to implementing recommendations of the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was established under the 2003 peace agreement. The news agency says President Weah has moved away from “his previously indecisive posture, in a country divided on the mechanisms to address war crimes accountability and reconciliation.” https://bit.ly/2Mqz2Bf

California: DNA system for missing persons cases

Police in Imperial County, California, say they will start a 60-90 day trial of a system designed to process DNA specimens and cross reference them to a national database, the Desert Review reports. The paper reports that the DNA system can help with unidentified human remains and missing persons cases, criminal investigations, cold cases, mass grave identification, and victim identification in natural disasters. http://bit.ly/2OS9GO2

Nigeria: police officers responsible for extrajudicial killings

The Lagos State Government says it is set to arraign four police officers over their alleged involvement in extrajudicial killings, Channels Television from Nigeria reports. A Ministry of Justice statement says fresh evidence has come to light implicating the officers. http://bit.ly/33CxDgr

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.