Daily World News Digest, 23 October 2017

UN: enforced disappearance on the rise

“Unacceptably high numbers” of enforced disappearances are now taking place around the world, two experts have told the UN General Assembly. Suela Janina, chair of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances, said enforced disappearance is a crime under international human rights law, whether it is used to repress political dissent, combat organized crime or carried out under the guise of fighting terrorism. Bernard Duhaime, who chairs the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances, said there has been a substantial increase in so-called “short term” disappearances, “the practice of putting individuals outside the protection of the law for a limited period, during which time they are usually interrogated and often ill-treated or tortured to get forced confessions or ‘evidence’.” http://bit.ly/2yKtevH

Families of 39 Indians kidnapped in Mosul to take DNA tests

Health authorities in India are collecting DNA samples from relatives of 39 Indians who were kidnapped by Da’esh in Mosul more than three years ago. The initiative is part of a new effort to find out what happened to the 39 workers kidnapped in June 2014. The Iraqi government continues to classify them as “missing”. Sources in the Iraqi armed forces involved in the liberation of Mosul said there was a strong likelihood the abducted Indians were killed by Da’esh in the surrounding desert. http://bit.ly/2gwOXwX

Missing Pakistan journalist rescued after two years

Zeenat Shahzadi, a 26-year-old newspaper and TV reporter who was kidnapped two years ago in Lahore has been rescued. At the time of her disappearance, Shahzadi was investigating the case of an Indian engineer who had been arrested and held incommunicado by the Pakistan military. http://bit.ly/2gxwrVo

Campaign launched to bring Gambia’s former President to justice

Victims of the regime of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh have launched an international campaign to have the former President extradited to face trial in Gambia. Jammeh ruled the West African country from 1994 to January 2017 and now lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea. His regime has been accused by human rights defenders of systematically torturing political opponents and journalists, and carrying out extrajudicial executions, arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances. http://bit.ly/2xZcnXa

UN agencies appeal for funds to respond to Rohingya crisis

UN agencies will request a sum of $434 million to fund a massive emergency response to the Rohingya refugee crisis in eastern Bangladesh, where nearly 600,000 people have crossed the border after fleeing recent violence in Myanmar. UNICEF says about 60 percent of Rohingya refugees are children, many suffering from severe acute malnutrition. The agency, which has requested $76 million to support life-saving assistance over the next six months, said last week that children are arriving at the astounding rate of up to 12,000 per week. http://ti.me/2l8k6Me

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.