Daily World News Digest, 19 May 2015

Teenage girls top missing persons list in Indian city

The Times of India reports today that police in the city of Kolhabur in the state of Maharashtra were unable to trace around 23 percent of missing persons reported in 2014. A total of 1,498 persons were reported missing; police managed to trace 1,150 persons but 348 persons are still missing. Most of those still missing are teenage girls. More than 53,000 children were reported missing in the state in 2014. The number of missing persons dropped from 65,000 in 2013 and 90,654 in 2012. http://bit.ly/1QZn6jY

Call for investigation into missing persons who surrendered to Sri Lanka military

The Tamil Guardian reported on 18 May that the International Truth and Justice Project – Sri Lanka (ITJP), on Monday, released a list of the names of 110 people who were seen surrendering to Sri Lanka’s military on 18 May 2009 by eyewitnesses. ITJP Executive Director Yasmin Sooka called on the government to conduct “credible investigations into the forced disappearance of more than a hundred people who disappeared while surrendering to the military on this day six years ago and to indict, prosecute and convict those responsible.” The statement further called on the government of Sri Lanka to become a signatory to the International Convention for the Protection of All persons from Enforced Disappearances. http://bit.ly/1dh1j98

Hospital records in Sri Lanka to be inspected for missing persons

The Hiru News news portal from Sri Lanka reported on 16 May that a probe will be conducted to find out if persons reported missing during the war may have been hospitalized. The Chairman of the Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons, Maxwell Paranagama, said records of 14,000 patients in several hospitals in the North and East during the war will be inspected and compared to details of missing persons. http://bit.ly/1JvyBNU

South Sudan: arbitrary detention, torture

Human Rights Watch issued a statement today accusing South Sudan’s military and National Security Service of unlawfully detaining dozens of civilians, some for as long as 10 months. Detainees, often accused of supporting South Sudanese rebels, have been kept in poor conditions, and in some instances tortured or brutally beaten, HRW said. During an April 2015 mission to South Sudan, Human Rights Watch spoke with numerous detainees, family members, government authorities, and others and documented the detention of 16 civilians in 2015 by South Sudan’s army, some for as long as three months, and 20 cases of detention, some as long as 10 months, by the National Security Services (NSS) since mid-2014. http://bit.ly/1EgLzbk

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.