Daily World News Digest, 22 April 2015

Central African Republic: Muslims held captive, raped

Human Rights Watch reports today that at least 42 Muslim Peuhl herders, mostly women and girls, are being held captive by Anti-balaka fighters in the Central African Republic and are at risk of sexual violence. There are reports that many others may also be held. United Nations peacekeepers and the government should act urgently to free them. Members of one family interviewed by Human Rights Watch on April 13, 2015, described the horrors they endured during 14 months of captivity in Pondo, a village in the southwest. The Anti-balaka killed two boys, ages about 6 and 7, and raped three young women and girls, one of whom became ill and died in captivity. Her year-old baby died of malnutrition. The surviving family members were rescued on April 4th and 5th. http://bit.ly/1yO5DG0

Mediterranean migrants: Details emerge of deadly capsize

The BBC reported on 21st April that details have emerged about the capsize of a migrant boat in the Mediterranean on Sunday that killed more than 800. Prosecutors in Italy say the Captain, who survived and faces multiple homicide charges, crashed the boat by mistake against a merchant rescue ship. The capsize is the deadliest recorded in the Mediterranean, the UN says. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says deaths in 2015 are 30 times higher than the same period last year and could rise to 30,000. http://bbc.in/1IDJx9m

30th Marathon of Love for missing persons takes place this week

The Famagusta Gazette from Cyprus reports today that The 30th Marathon of Love for persons who went missing during the Turkish invasion against Cyprus in 1974 takes place this week. Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus, Chrysostomos II, who is also President of the Pancyprian Fund of the Love Marathon for Missing People, said yesterday that the missing persons issue is a humanitarian one and urged Turkey to finally change its stance and cooperate. Turkey and the Turkish army, he said, are obliged to provide the authorities with relevant information so that the tragedy of your people comes to an end. http://bit.ly/1DcmBJy

What to expect when you report a missing person

The Standard Digital news portal, 22 April, 2015: There are hundreds of families around the country that suffer silently without knowing the fate of their loved ones. They search in vain. The common trend in these cases is that the affected families feel the police do not move as fast as they would like. Perhaps it is because the officers do not feel the family’s agony. Or again, probably they have received so many cases of missing persons that they have become immune. http://bit.ly/1QhOSIN

Missing persons’ petitions issue notices

The Business Recorder reports today that The Sindh High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Interior Secretary, Provincial Home Secretary, Rangers Director General, IG Sindh and other responsible officers of law enforcement agencies to file comments on three petitions seeking the whereabouts of missing men, said to be detained by law enforcement officers.  http://bit.ly/1Er4BlV

CIA secret detentions must be released

Amnesty International reported on 20th April that its report responds to a document issued by the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on 9th December 2014. The 500-page document is itself a summary of the Committee’s report, some 13 times longer, about the programme of secret detention operated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from 2002 to 2009 under presidential authority, granted six days after the crime against humanity committed in the USA on 11 September 2001 (9/11). The full report remains classified Top Secret. http://bit.ly/1Odf1tW

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.