Daily World News Digest, 25 July 2018

Pakistan: journalists threatened with disappearance

The Diplomat news portal carries a report about what it says is intimidation of the media in Pakistan. Pakistan ranks 139th out of 180 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index. The Diplomat cites censorship during anti-government, anti-military protests by groups that have accused the army of enforced disappearances, extrajudicial executions, and other human rights violations. https://bit.ly/2JUan3c

Myanmar: authorities accused of destroying evidence of crimes

The Straits Times reports that international diplomats and organizations have expressed concern that the country is incapable and unwilling to implement recommendations on human rights measures, amid accusations that the authorities are trying to destroy evidence of crimes against the Rohingya by bulldozing mass graves. https://bit.ly/2LkAy98

Turkman families “do not report their female missing persons.”

As many as 1,500 Turkman women and men were abducted by Da’esh during their occupation of Telafar, west of Mosul. Few have been freed and the destiny of most remains unclear, according to KirkukNow, which says that hundreds of female abductees have not been reported by relatives because they consider this “shame on the family.” The report says that the issue of Turkman missing persons overshadowed by a focus on other groups “and does not get proper attention by the government and media” (article in Arabic).  https://bit.ly/2v718ro

Pope cites rising number of migrant deaths

With the rising death toll of migrants and refugees attempting the treacherous voyage across the Mediterranean, Pope Francis this week urged world leaders to act to prevent further tragedy and “to act decisively and promptly in order to prevent such tragedies from recurring and to guarantee the safety, respect for the rights and dignity of all.” According to the International Organization for Migration, an estimated 1,490 migrants have died in the Mediterranean this year. https://bit.ly/2uOxw2C

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.