Daily World News Digest, 4 April 2016

Bangladesh cyber expert becomes symbol for enforced disappearances

Voice of America carried a story on 3 April saying that before Bangladeshi cyber security expert Tanvir Hassan Zoha was abducted by unidentified men in Dhaka last month, he had expressed fears he could be arrested for his comments to the media about an $81 million cyber heist. Zoha’s family claimed that his comment criticizing the bank’s senior officials might have played a role behind his disappearance. The computer expert is now back at home after a week missing, but he is not talking about who took him, or why. Most of those who became victims of enforced disappearances in the country were activists and leaders of the parties which are in opposition. http://bit.ly/1RGAAzE

Pakistan Human Rights Commission seeks thorough probe into missing journalist

The Hindu reported on 3 April that Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission has sought a thorough probe into the mysterious disappearance of a Pakistani woman journalist allegedly kidnapped while pursuing case of an Indian engineer who was jailed over espionage charges by a military court. The commission raised the matter of Zeenat Shahzadi with security agencies and the government to ensure her safe recovery as the number of “missing persons” continue to grow in Pakistan with 68 new cases reported last month. http://bit.ly/234nw1Y

Mass grave found in Palmyra after recapture from Islamic State

Reuters reported on 2 April that Syrian troops have identified 45 bodies so far in a mass grave found in the city of Palmyra after it was recaptured from Islamic State. The communal grave, on the north-eastern edge of Palmyra, is the only one found so far in the city by the Syrian forces, the source said. It held the bodies of both civilians and Syrian army members captured by Islamic State. Syrian state news agency SANA said on Friday the grave contained many women and children and some of the bodies had been beheaded. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Islamic State had killed a number of people at an earlier time and buried them on the outskirts of the city. http://reut.rs/1oqIVPK

New report on missing Ayotzinapa students questioned by Argentine forensic experts

Latin Times reported on 3 April that less than a month after the disappearance of 43 students, Mexican officials announced several random mass graves had been found with approximately 38 bodies but at least 30 of the cadavers did not belong to any of the missing students. Now Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team qualified a new report which studied a dump, where, according to Mexico authorities, the bodies of the 43 missing students were burned, as incomplete. “There is sufficient evidence, including physically observable, to affirm that there was a controlled fire event of great dimensions in the place called the Cocula dump,” said Ricardo Damian Torres a member of the fire-experts team. http://bit.ly/1Vn5lhX

Pakistan: Dozens of foreigners ‘mysteriously disappear’ from Islamabad after security crackdown

International Business Times reported on 3 April that dozens of foreign nationals have disappeared from the Pakistani capital Islamabad after the government had requested them to provide their identification credentials to the local police. At least 65 foreigners remain unaccounted for. The disappearance could be a result of the capital-wide security crackdown by Pakistan’s interior ministry on foreign nationals. “As we have no details about the foreigners, including their names and nationalities or passport numbers, it is impossible to trace their whereabouts,” a police officer said.  http://bit.ly/1UCGHer

Calais ‘Jungle’: 129 unaccompanied children missing since refugee camp demolition

The Independent carried a story on 3 April saying that more than a hundred unaccompanied children have gone missing since the southern section of the Calais “Jungle” was demolished last month.

According to a census by Help Refugees UK, 129 unaccompanied minors from the camp have gone unaccounted for. The census found that since the demolition took place in March, 4,946 refugees are still living there, including 1,400 in the shipping containers set up by the French government. The refugee charity said it was “very concerned” at the findings. http://ind.pn/1qo0YYm

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.