Daily World News Digest, 20 December 2016

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein: enforced disappearance “an old phenomenon revived”

The OHCHR published a statement yesterday by High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein highlighting the serious human rights challenge of enforced disappearance. People are disappeared “in too many countries, with the direct or indirect involvement of the State”, he said.  “In the context of internal conflicts, transnational organized crime, humanitarian crises and the struggle against violent extremism, we are seeing this old phenomenon revived as well as new patterns of enforced disappearance.” The High Commissioner was speaking at the First Conference of States Parties to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. http://bit.ly/2hPkFaU

Thailand: wives of missing activists call for justice

The Bangkok Post reports today that human rights activists whose husbands are still missing years after they mysteriously vanished have urged the government to pass a law on preventing enforced disappearances in order to address human rights violations. Prominent human rights campaigner Angkhana Neelapaijit urged Thai authorities to enact the Torture and Enforced Disappearance Prevention and Suppression bill as quickly as possible. “I have fought a lot in the past 10 years, but nothing has changed,” said Ms Angkhana, whose Thai-Muslim lawyer husband, Somchai Neelapaijai, is one of the missing. http://bit.ly/2i9Uqse

Panel says figures on missing persons in Balochistan are inflated

The Express Tribune, from Pakistan, reports today that the chair of a commission on enforced disappearances has told a panel of the Pakistan Senate that the Balochistan government has misleading and inflated figures on missing persons. Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal told the Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control that a reported figure of 18,000 missing persons in Balochistan had been reduced to 17,000, “but when details of these persons were sought, nobody turned up”. http://bit.ly/2iaeUkI

Delhi Police scour university campus with sniffer dogs

Narada News, a news portal from India, reported yesterday that Delhi Police on Monday launched a manhunt for missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed in the sprawling campus with sniffer dogs, some 64 days after he went missing. Najeeb disappeared on 15 October this year after he was assaulted by members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) student nationalist organization. More than 100 police personnel searched student hostels, the university grounds, administrative buildings, schools and staff quarters. The search began at the instruction of the Delhi High Court. http://bit.ly/2hPDvib

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.