Daily World News Digest, 26 October 2017

ICMP addresses issue of missing persons in Albania

In an interview with the BBC, Matthew Holiday if the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) explains the importance of accounting for the missing in Albania, a country in which as many as 6,000 people went missing during 40 years of Communism. http://bbc.in/2zOdtlL

Pakistan: initiative to tackle enforced disappearances

A group of civil society organizations have presented recommendations to the Chief of Police in Pakistan’s Sindh Province. The recommendations titled the “Citizens’ Charter for Police Reforms” follow a ruling by the Sindh High Court, which empowered the inspector general of police to implement wide-ranging reforms. Among other things, the civil society organizations have called for the activation of the Sindh police’s human rights cell, which, they said, should issue monthly reports focusing on incidents of extrajudicial killing and enforced disappearances. http://bit.ly/2hbf1yl

Philippines President dismisses allegations of extrajudicial killings

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has again denied ordering extrajudicial killings as part of his war on drugs. Speaking to a gathering of regional lawyers and foreign diplomats in Manila, he dismissed the charge that 4,000 people have died because of his anti-drug crackdown. http://bit.ly/2lkAhqb

Indian Minister coordinating search for missing Indians in Iraq

India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, V K Singh, is in Iraq to meet senior officials to coordinate search operations for 39 Indian workers who were kidnapped by Da’esh in June 2014 and have been missing ever since. http://bit.ly/2lhMmMt

Rights groups demand information on missing Iraqi soldier

Alkarama and Al Wissam Humanitarian Assembly have requested the urgent intervention of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) in the case of an Iraqi soldier who disappeared following his 2014 arrest, and whose fate and whereabouts remain unknown. The Iraqi authorities are being urged to release Safaa Al Jabouri, or to disclose his whereabouts and allow his family to visit him. The 42-year-old Iraqi soldier was take from his home by armed men on 20 July 2014. The two human rights organizations say the case reflects “a wider pattern of systematic enforced disappearances that prevails in Iraq, a country where the rate of missing people remains one of the highest worldwide.” http://bit.ly/2yTan1N

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.