Daily World News Digest, 21 January 2016

Mexico: More than 6,000 children disappeared

Prensa Latina reported on 20 January that more than six thousand children and adolescents are disappeared in Mexico, said today the representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Jesus Peña. The diplomat appeared before the Senate and stated that 30 percent of persons who disappeared between 2006 and 2014 in Mexico are minors or adolescents. Ismael Eslava, the first visitor of the National Commission of Human rights, urged to discuss in the general law in the Senate. He says it is necessary to give priority to the search of minors and adolescents, and to write a penal type of sanction that aggravates the punishment when the missing person is younger than 18. http://bit.ly/1ZDA2OG

Guatemala: Judge to investigate military for disappearances of indigenous people

The Latin Correspondent carried a story on 20 January saying that a Guatemalan judge has re-opened proceedings against 11 retired army officers currently under arrest for forced disappearances and crimes against humanity. Judge Claudette Dominguez said there is sufficient evidence to prosecute 11 of a total of 14 soldiers held by the prosecution. According to the prosecution, a report from the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala said at least 558 bones and human remains have been found in 83 mass graves within the military area where the accused were active. A total of 97 remains have been formally identified. http://bit.ly/1Pjv761

The realm of political detention in Egypt

Daily News Egypt carried a story on 20 January more than two years have passed since the state announced its war on terror, a strategy that followed 2013’s political upheaval. Since that day, the Ministry of Interior has announced daily the number of people arrested for allegedly belonging to Muslim Brotherhood, without further mentioning their legal status or whereabouts, raising many questions behind detention conditions. Some of the arrested disappear in the opaque realm of the detention facilities or they are subject to extrajudicial killing at the time of arrest. The number of enforced disappearances, therefore, increases to greatly outpace according to numbers announced by the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR). http://bit.ly/1JjMnpz

Nigeria: Students’ Forum demands release of students’ corpses

Pulse Nigeria, a news portal, reported on 20 January that the Academic Forum of Islamic Movement of Nigeria has asked the Nigerian Army to release corpses of students allegedly killed during the Army- Shi’ite sect clash in Zaria, Kaduna State. One of the members of the forum, Abdullahi Musa, said they demand justice for what happened in Zaria and missing members of their movement. “We don’t know their whereabouts so we are demanding for these people that are missing. The Army should give us the corpses of those killed so that we can go and bury in accordance with Islamic rites.” http://bit.ly/1nzBhCL

Democrats from Hong Kong ask Beijing’s diplomat to discuss disappearances

The Standard, a daily from Hong Kong, reported today that the Democratic Party has invited the director of Beijing’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Wang Guangya, to visit the city to discuss the disappearance of five men linked to a Causeway Bay bookstore, which sold material critical of Beijing. There has been intense speculation that one of the missing men, Lee Bo, was abducted from Hong Kong by mainland law enforcement personnel and taken across the border. The Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has said it would be unacceptable and unconstitutional for mainland agencies to take law enforcement action in Hong Kong. http://bit.ly/1VabmMx

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.