Daily World News Digest, 26 September 2016

Mexico missing students: Unanswered questions two years on

BBC News reports today that two years have passed since 43 students went missing on their way to a protest in the Mexican town of Iguala. At the time, their disappearance caused outrage. Protests in Mexico City turned violent. But while many are still angry, the events on the night of 26 September and the early morning of 27 September 2014 have faded. The BBC visits the Raul Isidros Burgos rural teachers’ college in Ayotzinapa, where the trainee teachers were studying. http://bbc.in/2d20zHF

Two years after student disappearances in Mexico

Amnesty International issued a press release on 23 September indicating that a demonstration in London to be held on 26 September would see 43 chairs set out in front of Mexican Embassy to represent an empty classroom and remember the missing students. “From failing to stop the attack against the students, to preventing international efforts to uncover the truth, to brushing off any complaints over the way this investigation has been handled, the authorities in Mexico have done all they can to obstruct justice and protect their image,” Amnesty said. http://bit.ly/2d2AvMK

Guatemala: prosecutor arrested

Democracy Now reported on 23 September that in Guatemala, the special prosecutor for human rights, Orlando López, has been arrested, sparking fears about his safety in in prison. López is best known for prosecuting the 2013 genocide trial of ex-dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, who was found guilty of killing nearly 2,000 Ixil Mayans under his rule in the 1980s. López’s arrest stems from hit-and-run allegations reported by a right-wing group tied to many former military generals. http://bit.ly/2d2QzMS

New fears for 1,000 lone children in Calais refugee camp

The Observer reported on 24 September that up to 1,000 unaccompanied minors will be left to fend for themselves when the so-called jungle camp for refugees in Calais is bulldozed next month. The French authorities have made no plans to rehouse the children, the Observer has learned, because it is hoping to force Britain to honor a promise to help child refugees. http://bit.ly/2dtdG61

UN pressure on Pakistan to ratify human rights treaties

Meri News, a portal from India, reports today that the Asian Legal Resource Centre, sister organization to the Asian Human Rights Commission, last week held a side-event during the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council on the systematic killings of lawyers and human rights activists in oppressed regions of Pakistan. The article argues that the issue of enforced disappearances has begun to attract attention but that the authorities in Pakistan have responded with “a systematic crackdown on intelligentsia of the region to muzzle dissenting voices”. http://bit.ly/2dlm2ZY

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.