Daily World News Digest, 2 February 2015



Mexico must compile national missing persons list

The Associated Press reports that Mexico’s national Human Rights Commission will present a report to the UN today citing the absence of “a comprehensive national list of the missing” as one of the contributory factors to Mexico’s systemic missing persons crisis. Commission Chairman Luis Raul Gonzalez Perez said officials need to systemize and debug various existing databases because there is no “effective, comprehensive and transparent national” registry that would allow officials to know the real number of people who have disappeared in Mexico. http://abcn.ws/1z4VvSx

Egyptian authorities accused of covering up protester deaths

Evidence gathered by Amnesty International published on 1 February indicates that the Egyptian authorities are attempting to cover up the deaths of more than two dozen people who were killed in protests marking the 2011 uprising last weekend, according to an Amnesty press release. Prosecutors have threatened eyewitnesses with arrest and at least 500 demonstrators, including two disabled people and children, and bystanders are being held in unofficial detention centres across the country, Amnesty says, adding that two journalists were also detained while covering the protests. http://bit.ly/1zu50OL

Hundreds still unaccounted for in Kuwait

The Kuwaiti news agency, KUNA, published a report on 29 January highlighting the fact that more than 20 years have passed since Iraq’s occupation of Kuwait the fate of hundreds of Kuwaitis and other nationals remains unknown. Efforts by Kuwait and the international community have failed to establish the whereabouts of missing persons abducted by Iraqi forces after the 2 August 1990 invasion, it says. Out of around 600 people only 236 remains have, thus far, been found and identified. http://bit.ly/1LCRMWj

Anger among parents of Nigeria’s missing girls

The Nigerian Observer published a story on 1 February investigating the background of the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria, in April 2014.  Citing criticism of President Goodluck Jonathan, it notes that “Anger is palpable in Chibok and surrounding communities and there is a general feeling of betrayal and abandonment, not only by government but also the whole world.” http://bit.ly/18GOCSs

Forensics: The Anatomy of a Crime

The Financial Times published a feature story on 30 January 2015 on the work of Bosnian artist Sejla Kameric, whose latest project is part of ‘Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime’, on show at the Wellcome Collection gallery in London. Kameric’s exhibit, which includes photographs, names and lists of names of persons who went missing in the 1992-95 Bosnian conflict, contains a server holding 85 hours of video clips. Each visitor’s encounter with the images is unique, as the clips load randomly from the 30,000 files in the archive. But all of them document Bosnia’s missing people and the effort to account for them. http://on.ft.com/1zeWuoj

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.