Daily World News Digest 18 December 2019

Pakistan: lawyer working on disappearances goes missing

The family of Inamur Raheem, a lawyer known for pursuing cases of people allegedly kidnapped by Pakistan’s security agencies, say he has been abducted from his residence, Radio Free Europe reports. Raheem, described as a vocal critic of security agencies, had reported being harassed by security agencies. http://bit.ly/2Z03Jl8

Western Balkans: warm welcome for convicted war criminals

Youth activists from Croatia, Kosovo and Serbia who have monitored the public prominence of war criminals in their countries over the past two years warn that convicted offenders are welcomed hom in a manner that encourages them to take an active part in political life, Balkan Insight reports. The Youth Initiative for Human Rights, YIHR, cites cases where government leaders and church officials have warmly welcomed war criminals on their release from prison. http://bit.ly/2r87UPy

Libya: disappearance of journalist

A Libyan press freedom group says the arrest of journalist Rida Fhel el-Boum at a Tripoli airport over the weekend amounted to “forced disappearance,” while the UN called for him to be released or put on trial, AFO-JIJI reports. The interior ministry at the Government of National Accord, based in Tripoli and recognized by the UN, has denied any involvement in the arrest. http://bit.ly/34v8wMQ

Colombia: Exhuming graves of civilians allegedly killed by soldiers

Colombian authorities are exhuming dozens of graves to determine whether the dead were civilians whom security forces falsely claimed were guerrillas, the Washington Post reports. Authorities say soldiers killed thousands of civilians between 1998 and 2014 under pressure from commanders and then claimed the victims were members of the FARC guerrilla group. They planted weapons on their victims and dressed them in fighters’ uniforms in a scandal Colombians have dubbed Falsos Positivos, or “False Positives.” https://wapo.st/2YZPIE8

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.