Daily World News Digest, 25 April 2016

Mexico missing students: Government ‘hampered’ independent inquiry

The BBC reported today that a panel of international experts investigating the disappearance of 43 Mexican trainee teachers in 2014 says the government has hampered its inquiries. In their final report, the experts dismissed the conclusions of the official inquiry. They said officials failed to pursue the investigative lines they suggested. The case provoked outrage in Mexico, leading to street protests against perceived impunity. “The delays in obtaining evidence that could be used to figure out possible lines of investigation translates into a decision to (allow) impunity,” said the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) in its report. http://bbc.in/1WkWmhD

Veracruz search finds remains in 15 areas

Mexico News Daily carried a story on 23 April saying that the newly-launched National Search Brigade for Disappeared People had concluded its first two weeks by locating human remains in 15 different areas in the state of Veracruz. The brigade is made up of volunteers who have lost relatives and have participated in searches in their home states. In Veracruz they looked for signs of mass executions or unmarked graves after receiving missing persons reports. Many of the human remains found by the volunteers were in the form of small, scorched bone fragments, but the searchers were unable to say how many people these fragments belonged to. All the remains have been turned over to state authorities for identification. http://bit.ly/1qKSLxl

Pakistan: Families and opposition end sit-in staged for missing workers

The Nation, a daily from Pakistan, reported today that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement on Sunday announced that it would end its sit-in in Karachi, demanding recovery of its missing and detained workers. MQM Deputy Chief, Kanwar Naveed Jameel said that about 67 workers were missing and “we want the rulers to listen to the concerns of the victim families”. http://bit.ly/1Stqanv

Egyptian activist found ‘tortured’ amid wave of pre-protest arrests

Middle East Eye reported on 23 April that an Egyptian activist was found by the side of a desert road with his body bearing evidence of torture, relatives said, as security forces continued a wave of mass arrests ahead of demonstrations planned for Monday. Dozens of people, including activists and lawyers, are reported to have been detained overnight on Thursday and into Friday. http://bit.ly/1VTwTwO

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.