Daily World News Digest, 27 August 2015

UN Special Rapporteur urges EU to create new migration policy

The Jurist, a US legal news portal, reported on 25 August that UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants François Crépeau on Tuesday urged the European Union to create a new human-rights-minded migration policy to empower migrants and solve the issue of human smuggling in the Eurozone. Crépeau said he believes that the EU has not been handling the current migration issues properly and that more needs to be done as movement of individuals across Eurozone borders will inevitably continue. He also criticized many of the methods currently used by the EU. Crépeau said that in order for the EU to control its borders more efficiently, it must accept the migration issue and work to help those who are seeking asylum. ttp://bit.ly/1Lx7T7g

Around 40 dead in new Mediterranean tragedy, 2,000 others in danger

Al Arabiya news portal reported on 26 August that the bodies of around 40 people were found on Wednesday in the hold of a stricken boat off the coast of Libya, according to the Swedish coastguard. The discovery was made after the Swedish ship Poseidon was sent to the aid of the stricken vessel by the Italian coastguard, which said it was simultaneously coordinating rescue operations for multiple boats carrying at least 2,000 people. Swedish coastguard spokesman Mattias Lindholm told AFP the Poseidon had been able to save 439 people on the wooden boat. He added that unfortunately there were around 40 people dead in the hold. The bodies are currently being transferred to the Poseidon. The Swedish ship was in the area as part of the EU border agency Frontex’s search and rescue mission known as Triton. http://bit.ly/1JyQATY

Asian activists call for focus on missing persons

UCA News, an Asian news portal, carried a story today saying that winners of “Asia’s Nobel Prize” the Ramon Magsaysay have called for renewed focus on missing activists in Asia. The call was made by Ramon Magsaysay awardees Lahpai Seng Raw and Jon Ungphakorn during a gathering of families of victims of enforced disappearances and human rights activists in Manila on 27 August. Ungphakorn, a London-born Thai nongovernmental organization executive and former Thai senator, said members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are not doing enough. As of 2014, a total of 43,250 cases of enforced disappearance from 88 countries were under active consideration by the UN. Asia has the highest number of cases reported to the UN: at least 8,000 in Kashmir; Sri Lanka, 5,676; Philippines, 625; Nepal, 458; Timor Leste, 428; India, 353; Indonesia, 163; Pakistan, 99; Thailand, 71; China, 30; North Korea, 20; Bangladesh, 29; Lao PDR, 2; Myanmar, 2; and Cambodia, 1.  Only four countries in Asia — Japan, Kazakhstan, Iraq, and Cambodia — have so far ratified the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances. http://bit.ly/1MWrbGn

Human trafficking said to play role in aftermath of Nepal’s 25 April earthquake

The Himalayan Times, a daily from Nepal, reported on 26 August that 47 people, mainly women and children, from the district of Nuwakot in the central part of the country have been recorded missing following the 25 April earthquake, police said. Nuwakot is one of the 14 hardest hit districts. The police authorities suspect that a web of human trafficking has spread within the district after the 7.6-magnitude earthquake. Of the total missing 47 persons including 34 women and 13 children, the whereabouts of only 10 have been known. According to the District Police Office, in many cases, the family persons of missing people file the case of missing in the police station but they do not bother to inform the police authority when their missing persons are found which eventually affects the data.  They explained that this leads to the increment in the number of missing and decrease in the data of cases of found. http://bit.ly/1LxaNsx

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.