Daily World News Digest, 2 March 2016

Provinces commit to help inquiry into missing, murdered Indigenous women

MacLean’s magazine carried a story on 1 March saying that the provinces agreed Friday to co-operate with and support a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett called the commitment an important step forward. The commitment means child welfare, policing, education and other areas that are fully or partly under provincial jurisdiction will be examined when the inquiry starts up. The governments also issued a joint four-page document that, in broad terms, commits them to improve the social and economic conditions faced by aboriginals. http://bit.ly/217E6HI

Parents of 5 missing Mexican youths await proof kids are dead

Latin American Herald Tribune carried a story today saying that relatives of the five young people who disappeared 11 January in the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz will accept authorities’ account that they are dead “the day there is evidence,” a family member of two of the youths told. “Based on the information that we have, (the young people) were burned, later grinded down, likely in a sugar mill, and thrown into a small river,” Government Undersecretary for Human Rights Roberto Campa told. The five victims were arrested by state police at a gas station in Tierra Blanca as they returned from vacation, with the incident caught by security cameras. Campa acknowledged that the Tierra Blanca case was similar to the case of Ayotzinapa students. http://bit.ly/1nhGVIZ

In 2 years, 2,000 abduction cases reported in Jammu and Kashmir

Kashmir Monitor reported today that around 2,000 cases of abduction have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir for the past two years. According to the official figures of Crime Branch J&K, 858 cases of abduction were reported in 2014 in various police stations in the state. The numbers increased by around 300 cases to 1,152 in 2015. However, police said scores of such cases go unreported either due to remoteness of the location or their families fail to follow such cases due to the poverty. In J&K, around 9000 enforced disappearances have taken place since 1990 and their kith and kin have been demanding their whereabouts. http://bit.ly/1L4WgIt

El Nadeem Center documents disappearances and torture despite closure order

Menafn, a news portal from the Middle East, carried a story today saying that El Nadeem Centre for the Rehabilitation of Violence of Victims released a report Monday highlighting violations by the Ministry of Interior in February 2016 against the prisoners and normal citizens. The center continued its work documenting violations via social media despite the order from the Ministry of Health to close the center. The report observed 155 cases of enforced disappearances, 44 cases of reappeared persons after an enforced disappearance, and 44 cases of medical negligence in detention. http://bit.ly/1OOwSBk

Family activism in Nepal brings attention to rights abuses

Asian Human Rights Commission issued a statement on 1 March saying that a lot of Nepalese suffered terribly at the hands of both the state and the rebels during the decade-long Maoist conflict. Civilians were caught in the middle, with both sides committing grave human rights violations including extrajudicial execution, enforced disappearance, arbitrary arrest and torture including rape and other forms of sexual violence. About 17,000 Nepalese lost their lives and more than 1,400 were disappeared during the 10 years of the fighting. Their fate and whereabouts are still unknown. Real Rights Now is a new campaign launching this week to highlight the need for justice against human rights violations and support family activism for their right to know. http://bit.ly/1WUqlei

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.