Daily World News Digest 26 November 2019

Syria: report highlights enforced disappearance of women

The Syrian Network for Human Rights has issued a report on enforced disappearances of women. It says females have been “directly and deliberately targeted by all parties” in the Syrian conflict, and at least 10,363 females have been detained or forcibly disappeared since March 2011, of whom 8,412 have been victims of Regime forces. https://bit.ly/2XNc8YE

Mexico: more than 70,000 missing migrants

More than 70,000 migrants have been reported as disappeared over the past 15 years on the route through Mexico to the United States, according to the Zócalo news portal, quoting the coordinator of the Mesoamerican Migrants Movement as saying that the issue of missing migrants in Mexico is comparable to the situation in the Mediterranean (original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2OJ3fLC

Sri Lanka: “not a single case of enforced disappearances prosecuted”

Jacobin magazine reports on a thousand days of protests by Tamil mothers in Sri Lanka demanding answers about their missing loved ones. It notes that Sri Lanka’s new president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who assumed office on 18 November, has been accused of involvement in enforced disappearances. https://bit.ly/34hjbeF

Kosovo: second excavation at Pristina University

Excavations are continuing for a second day at the University of Pristina, Kosovo, as part of the search for more than 1,600 people wo are still missing from the conflict two decades ago, Prishtina Insight reports. https://bit.ly/37D985z

The Philippines: mayor orders investigation into disappearances

The mayor of Pasay, a city near Manila, has ordered police to investigate recent disappearances of young people, the Inquirer news portal reports. It says most of the cases have been reported only on social media by families of the victims, yet at least nine people have disappeared between 20 and 22 November. https://bit.ly/34pvw0g

Football initiative helps find missing children

The BBC reports on an initiative by Italian soccer club Roma, which this summer began to feature missing children videos alongside its player transfer announcements. Some fans questioned why the club would combine the joy of a new signing with the sadness felt for a missing person, but, remarkably, five children highlighted in the videos have been found. https://bbc.in/2XR4nAX

 

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.