Daily World News Digest, 27 August 2018

HRW sends open letter to Imran Khan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Pakistan’s new Prime Minister, Imran Khan, to address the longstanding human rights situation in the country, including the problem of enforced disappearance, citing “serious allegations of human rights violations including torture, enforced disappearances, and extrajudicial killings during counterterrorism operations”. https://bit.ly/2LtlwsR

Pakistan: almost 2,000 “active pending cases” of enforced disappearance

The Nation newspaper from Pakistan reports that the country’s National Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances says there are currently 1,815 active pending cases of enforced disappearance. The paper notes that families of the missing are expected to demonstrate throughout the country on Thursday, the International Day of the Disappeared. https://bit.ly/2PGtCS0

Sri Lanka mass grave

The BBC reports that skeletal remains of more than 90 individuals have been unearthed during excavations at a mass grave in Mannar in northern Sri Lanka. The lead forensic archeologist says the gravesite combines a cemetery and an informal mass grave. The recovered remains are in the custody of the court in Mannar pending further analysis. https://bbc.in/2MCkrV7

“Dozens of migrants missing” in Australia

An illegal fishing boat allegedly carrying undocumented migrants from Vietnam has been found in a rainforest in Queensland. The Guardian reports that as many as 30 migrants are believed to be missing after fleeing the vessel to hide in mangrove forests that are infested with crocodiles. https://bit.ly/2MzZ6eS

Day of the Disappeared

NEWS.com.au reports on global commemorations planned for the International Day of the Disappeared, noting that families and activists from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Kashmir, and elsewhere will urge governments to resolve cases, and provide answers and accountability. https://bit.ly/2wipWxH

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.