Daily World News Digest, 23 November 2018

Mumbai: more than 2,000 women reported missing since 2013

Since 2013, 5,056 women below the age of 18 have been reported missing or kidnapped in the Indian state of Maharashtra, the Manorama news portal reports. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said 4,758 of these women had been found. A total of 21,652 women above the age of 18 were reported missing in the same period, of whom 19,686 were found. https://bit.ly/2PLYF2F

Ethiopia: mass grave with 200 protesters

Bloomberg reports that 200 human remains found in a mass grave in Ethiopia are said to belong to protestors against the former administration in the region where the grave was found. Police on Thursday identified five suspects including the former regional president Abdi Mohamoud Omar. https://bit.ly/2P181Cx

Philippines: families of massacre victims seek justice

Nine years after the killing of 58 people in the “Ampatuan massacre”, families of the victims still wait for judgment on members of the powerful clan held responsible, the Inquirer reports. The mutilated bodies of the victims were hastily buried, some still inside their vehicles, in a mass grave. Most of the victims were journalists. https://bit.ly/2PNI0M3

Thailand: “thousands of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances”
A book review published in the Bangkok Post reports that there were at least 1,436 alleged cases of arbitrary detention, 58 forced disappearances, 148 cases of torture, and 345 extrajudicial killings in Thailand between 1977 and 1988. According to testimony in Plain Sight: Impunity and Human Rights in Thailand, despite police investigations, no one has been held accountable. https://bit.ly/2POkdMa

Kenya: extrajudicial killings and disappearances

According to Haki Africa and Thirdway Alliance, leaders in Kenya have ignored extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances “and sometimes encourage violations of human rights”, The Star newspaper reports. This year, Haki Africa has forwarded 36 cases of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances to the Director of Public Prosecutions for action. https://bit.ly/2Bs3vsR


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.