Daily World News Digest, 20 September 2016

UN to review more than 800 cases of enforced disappearance from 36 countries

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported yesterday that the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances will examine more than 800 cases from 36 countries during its 110th session in Geneva from 19 to 23 September 2016. The Working Group will discuss its next visits as well as various thematic issues related to enforced disappearances, notably the issue of enforced disappearances in the context of migration. The experts will, in addition, examine allegations received regarding obstacles encountered in the implementation of the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. http://bit.ly/2clvEXI

Conference on enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) reported yesterday on an event to be held today in the Palais des Nations in Geneva, on the margins of the 33rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council. Enforced Disappearances in Sri Lanka is a conference co-organized by the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD), the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Franciscans International, and the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR). The event will identify challenges and essential steps to address the issue of disappearances in Sri Lanka from the perspective of international experts, human rights defenders and families of the disappeared. http://bit.ly/2cqGDxC

Burundi missing journalist

Amnesty International is calling for urgent action in the case of a missing Burundian journalist. Jean Bigirimana is still missing two months after he was reported to have been arrested by security forces outside the capital, Bujumbura. Attempts by his family and his employer, the Iwacu newspaper, to find him have been unsuccessful. Iwacu believes that Jean Bigirimana was disappeared because of his work and activities as a journalist. A police spokesperson has denied these allegations. Amnesty International is concerned that Jean Birigimana may have been subjected to enforced disappearance and is also concerned by what it describes as a lack of effective investigation into cases of enforced disappearances by the Burundian authorities. http://bit.ly/2cEX8Jq

UKPNP protests against Pak atrocities in Geneva, seeks UN intervention

The Pakistan Telegraph reported today that the head of the United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP), Shaukat Ali, on Monday said that his party has appealed to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to organize and send a UN fact finding delegation to Islamabad. Ali highlighted “the blatant human rights violations by the Pakistan Government and military on the people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit Baltistan”. He said enforced disappearances have become “a common occurrence in Pakistan”, citing the situation in Balochistan, where he said human rights organizations have reported around 14,000 people as missing while the provincial government acknowledges fewer than 100 cases of missing persons. http://bit.ly/2cDUdgR

Tackling incidents of missing persons in Nigeria

Nigerian Pilot carries an article today examining how Nigeria marked this year’s International Day of the Disappeared. The article notes that many Nigerians are not fully aware of the high rate of cases of missing and disappearing persons in Nigeria. “Every 30 August is set aside to remind governments at all levels around the world of their responsibility to address the issue of missing and disappeared persons, and Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark this year’s day,” it said. http://bit.ly/2cF1eRV

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.