Daily World News Digest, 23 July 2018

Death of Hatidza Mehmedovic of the Mothers of Srebrenica

Hatidza Mehmedovic, a vocal activist seeking justice for victims of the Srebrenica massacre, died in Sarajevo on Sunday the Anadolu news agency reports. She was 66. The head of Mothers of Srebrenica Association was receiving treatment for cancer. After losing her husband and two sons in the massacre, Mehmedovic dedicated her life to raising awareness about the massacre and became a symbol of resistance. https://bit.ly/2mAC8Vp

Pakistan: judicial activism and enforced disappearances

The Daily Times from Pakistan has published an in-depth article on the judicial environment in which Pakistan is seeking to resolve the 4,608 cases of enforced disappearance reported to the authorities between 2011 and 2017. The article notes that Pakistan has not ratified the International Convention on the Prevention of Enforced Disappearance or enacted legislation to criminalize acts or omissions associated with enforced disappearances. https://bit.ly/2OciETB

Nepal: new law on enforced disappearance

The Himalayan Times reports on newly introduced legislation in Nepal, under which police will face a criminal charge of enforced disappearance if they do not produce an arrested person before a competent authority within the stipulated time. This is the first time a law has been enacted in Nepal defining illegal detention as a crime. https://bit.ly/2JLHgzh

Malta: migrant rescue efforts

The Malta Independent reports that during the weekend Malta coordinated the rescue of 19 migrants who departed Libya on a fiberglass boat and ended up in distress within the Maltese Search and Rescue Region. Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) Malta was informed of this boat by MRCC Rome and the Libyan Coast Guard when it was still in the Libyan search and rescue region. https://bit.ly/2A1GP4l

Items in the 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.