Daily World News Digest, 25 September 2018

HRW: Arbitrary Detention, Torture, Enforced Disappearance Go Unpunished in Yemen

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today in a report addressing the issue of Houthi Hostage-Taking in Yemen that since late 2014, when Houthi forces occupied the capital, Sanaa, and much of Yemen, HRW has documented dozens of cases of the Houthis and forces loyal to the late President Ali Abdullah Saleh carrying out arbitrary and abusive detention, as well as forced disappearances and torture. HRW is calling on Houthi officials to stop taking hostages, free everyone arbitrarily detained, end torture and enforced disappearances. https://bit.ly/2PYxTQ6

Private Rescue Ship on Mediterranean Migrant Route Loses Its Registration

The independent reported today that the registration for a search and rescue ship that has been rescuing migrants on route between Libya and Europe is revoked by Panamanian authorities. SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders, two non-governmental organisations, who jointly operate the ship claimed that Panama had removed the ship’s registration “under economic and political pressure from the Italian government”. https://ind.pn/2N0Z1vO

India: 45 missing in Himachal Pradesh

At least 45 people remain missing due to heavy rains that hit the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, local media reported today. The people have gone missing in the district of Lahaul and Spiti, there are reportedly 35 students among those missing. https://bit.ly/2IbieKx 

Human rights activist accused Pakistan government of human right violation at the UNHRC in Geneva

Speaking after a side event during the ongoing 39th Session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Political and Human Rights activist Hatim Baloch said that Baloch people were facing human rights violation since Pakistan occupation and from 2004 onwards. He added that the situation had become worse, many villages are being raided by the Pakistan Army and enforced disappearances of Baloch people from the region are taking place. https://bit.ly/2N0Yp9u

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.