Daily World News Digest, 27 January 2017

Iraq government criticized over abduction of Sunnis near Baghdad

Middle East Monitor reported yesterday that the Iraqi prime minister has been criticized by one of Iraq’s three vice presidents for the abduction and forced disappearance of dozens of Sunni Arab civilians from their homes in the township of Tarmiyah, north of the capital Baghdad. Vice President Ayad Allawi, who also heads the Iraqi National Accord parliamentary bloc, slammed Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s government, calling on the authorities to end their silence over the abduction of around 50 men from the Sunni villages in the Tarmiyah district. http://bit.ly/2jb7jY2

President of Malta: Dignity of children cannot be a fairy tale or simply a platitude

The Independent, a news portal from Malta, published an article yesterday on a speech delivered by the president of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, at a conference in Valletta on Lost in Migration – Working Together to protect children from disappearance’ – a conference which is being organized by Missing Children Europe and The President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society. President Coleiro Preca called for policies and strategies that are “driven by our shared commitment to vulnerable children and their families”. She noted that thousands of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are lost because of failing systems. She said that national and international support systems, where they exist, are struggling to provide effective outreach. http://bit.ly/2jbd0oN

Europol chief warns thousands of migrant children go missing every year in the EU

Malta Today reported yesterday that there has been an “alarming growth” in kidnappings and trafficking of migrant children in the European Union, according to Rob Wainwright, director of Europol, who said his agency had put a spotlight on the issue of missing children in 2016 when it announced that 10,000 children had gone missing in the migration flow system and were possibly being exploited.  He said that alarming growth was registered in the criminal activities of kidnappings and human trafficking and the circumstantial evidence linking this to migration. http://bit.ly/2kA270i

Gambians ready to rebuild their country ‘from scratch’

All Africa published an article yesterday on the transfer of power in Gambia following President Yahya Jammehwho’s acceptance of electoral defeat after ruling for more than 22 years. Sait Mait Jaw, a history lecturer and activist said “Two things come to my mind when I think of Jammeh’s 22-year rule: Fear and repression. A lot of people have disappeared, [been] tortured and forced into exile.” Human rights activists, opposition leaders and journalists have long accused Jammeh of a list of abuses. These include torture, enforced disappearances, stifling the media and banning opposition parties and their leaders. http://bit.ly/2jDVm9w

Philippines President Duterte praised for protecting journalists

The Manila Times reported yesterday that media players, particularly from the ranks of the Publishers Association of the Philippines Inc. (PAPI), have hailed the recent approval by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre of the Implementing Guidelines for Malacañang’s Administrative Order No. 1 (AO 1) creating the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFOMS). Signed and issued by President Rodrigo Duterte immediately after he assumed office, the order was in response to a Human Rights Watch World Report that the Philippines remains one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, and that extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances remain a serious problem and rarely result in successful prosecution and punishment of perpetrators. http://bit.ly/2kauy47

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.