Daily World News Digest, 25 June 2018

 Algeria “abandons” thousands of migrants in Sahara

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Algeria has abandoned more than 13,000 migrants in the Sahara over the past 14 months, expelling them without food or water and forcing them to walk for hours or even days. The Associated Press interviewed more than two dozen survivors of the deportations in Niger and nearly all said they saw fellow migrants collapse during the walk, where temperatures reach up to 48 degrees Celsius. They did not see the missing migrants again. https://bit.ly/2Kf5O87

Pakistan: Chief Justice orders new unit on missing persons

The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, on Sunday directed law enforcement agencies to set up a special cell to ascertain information about missing persons after a large number of people, most of them women, had gathered outside the court building demanding recovery of their missing relatives, allegedly detained by law enforcement agencies, Dawn reports. https://bit.ly/2tpx0XQ

Malaysia: call for renewed effort to find missing four

A year after Pastor Raymond Koh and three others went missing in Kuala Lumpur the Citizen Action Group on Enforced Disappearance (Caged) are calling on the new government to revive efforts to find them, according to The Star. The group’s spokesperson said they believed the police were involved in the disappearances of Koh, along with three social activist. Koh was abducted from his car on 13 February 2017 and CCTV footage, believed to be that of the incident, shows at least 15 men and three black SUVs involved in the abduction. https://bit.ly/2K5lAmt

Venezuela: “hundreds of unjustified killings by security forces”

Al Jazeera carries news about a UN report that accuses security forces in Venezuela of carrying out “hundreds of unjustified killings without any apparent consequences”. Venezuelan officials have dejected the report. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called on the Venezuelan government to bring perpetrators to justice and said it would refer its findings to the International Criminal Court (ICC), whose prosecutor opened a preliminary investigation in February. https://bit.ly/2Ioufec

Mali: Fula villagers “killed by traditional hunters”

BBC news reports that traditional hunters have killed 32 civilians in an isolated village in central Mali, according to a local group. The hunters, known locally as “Dozo”, surrounded the village in the southern part of the country and separated members of the Fula ethnic group from the other villagers before killing them. The Fula complain that they are being regularly targeted by traditional hunters in the name of the fight against jihadists and they accuse the Malian military of supporting such incidents. https://bbc.in/2ImGgAU

Philippines urged to end extrajudicial killings

The Philippines has again come under fire from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) after 38 nations reiterated their call on the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to end the killings in its war on drugs and to cooperate with international bodies in investigating rights abuses, the Inquirer reports.  https://bit.ly/2MR3T86

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.