Daily World News Digest, 18 April 2016

US report on human rights violations cites disappearances in Pakistan

The News International, a daily from Pakistan, reported on 16 April that the US State Department has issued its annual Country Report on Human Rights Practices for the Year 2015.  The said report highlights incidents of human rights violations against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) at the hands of law enforcement agencies, including incidents of enforced disappearances of MQM workers. The MQM alleged that the paramilitary Sindh Rangers kidnapped, tortured and killed some of its members in ongoing security operations in Karachi. They claimed that as of August, 151 MQM members remained missing. http://bit.ly/1qSng4U

Bosnia marks anniversary of Ahmici massacre

World Bulltein, a news portal from Turkey, carried a story on 16 April saying that Bosnia has marked the 23rd anniversary of a massacre in the village of Ahmici during the Bosnian War. Members of the Croatian Defense Council on 16 April 1993 killed 11 minors, 32 women and 73 men in Ahmici. The youngest victim was a three-month-old baby.  The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has ruled that the murders in Ahmici were crimes against humanity. Since the end of the war, hundreds of Bosniak families are still searching for missing relatives. Around 8,400 people still remain missing after the war, according to the Institute for Missing Persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina. http://bit.ly/1SfV9n0

Leading the fight for the disappeared in Thailand

The Bangkok Post carried a story today saying that the passing week has only brought back painful memories for the widow Pinnapa “Mueno” Prueksapan. Sunday was the second anniversary of the disappearance of her husband, Porlachee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen. Billy is a human rights activist from Karen village in Phetchaburi province and he was instrumental in the fight for rights for indigenous Karen forest dwellers faced with eviction by forest authorities. Since Billy disappeared, Mueno, a mother of five small children, has been struggling to see justice done. Last month, Mueno received a human rights award from the National Human Rights Commission. The majority of the missing in Thailand belong to ethnic minority groups subjected to special law and policy. http://bit.ly/1MCvo3d

Mexico pushes foreign Ayotzinapa experts to abandon the case

Telesur news portal reported on 16 April that the independent experts that have been investigating the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students since 2014 will end their work in Mexico on 30 April. Families of the 43 forcibly disappeared Ayotzinapa students continued their 43-hour sit-in on Saturday demanding that Mexican authorities fulfill their promises. The Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, which set up the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts, considers that the conditions are not right to continue the mandate of the group. The body “deeply regrets” Mexico’s refusal to agree to extend the GIEI’s mandate as the case remains unsolved. http://bit.ly/1YzGJlh

Indonesia holds dialogue on 1960s communist purge

Al Jazeera reported on 17 April saying that the killings of at least half a million Indonesians who were accused of being communists is being publicly discussed for the first time in 50 years. Up until now, government leaders have not revealed exactly what happened during one of the darkest periods of Indonesian history. Survivors have come from all over Indonesia for this historic opportunity. Mass graves from the massacre are scattered across the country but Indonesians have always been kept in the dark over what really happened. The survivors are asking for a special court to be set up to hear those accused of the 1965 killings. http://bit.ly/1NhWmx2

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.