Daily World News Digest, 24 May 2017

Malaysia: police investigate missing persons support group

The Sun, a news portal from Malaysia, reports today that police in Malaysia are investigating a group that alleged official involvement in several cases of missing activists. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the matter is being investigated under Section 504 (b) of the Penal Code, which deals with intentional insult to provoke a breach of the peace. The activist group, known as Citizen Action Group on Enforced Disappearance (CAGED), has claimed that cases of missing persons, including those of Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth, social activist Amri Che Mat, and Pastor Raymond Koh, were enforced disappearances. http://bit.ly/2rPnRFY

UNHCR urges Libya to free asylum seekers and refugees from detention centers

Radio France Internationale reported on Tuesday that UNHCR has urged Libyan authorities to free all asylum seekers and refugees from detention centers, describing these centers as “inhumane”. In Libya, undocumented immigration is a crime and even those fleeing conflict are detained. The EU, the UN, the African Union and the Arab League are scheduled to meet in Brussels this week to discuss how to slow the flow of refugees across the Mediterranean to Italy. http://bit.ly/2ryWqTh

6.6 million people waiting to cross to Europe from Africa

The Telegraph reported on Tuesday that up to 6.6 million people are waiting in countries around the Mediterranean to cross into Europe according to a leaked German government report. They include more than 2.5 million in North Africa, another 1 million in Egypt, 430,000 in Algeria, 160,000 in Tunisia, and 50,000 in Morocco. Others are waiting in transit countries along the route, with up to 720,000 in Jordan. The report warns that the number waiting to cross into Europe has risen by 650,000 since the end of January alone — an increase of 12 percent.  http://bit.ly/2qM5LpO

Transitional justice in Tunisia under serious threat

Human Rights Watch carried a feature article on Tuesday about transitional justice in Tunisia. The author warns that impunity for human rights violations persists as the most senior officials responsible for the repression have escaped justice. The reintroduction of a draft law on reconciliation in April could be the final blow to the fragile transitional justice process, HRW says. The new law envisions the establishment of a “reconciliation commission” that would operate for nine months and “would have multiple flaws with respect to a sound transitional justice process”. http://bit.ly/2qUmLdO

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.