Daily World News Digest, 27 March 2015


Mexico: Six months of frustration and failure in search for missing students

Amnesty International issued a statement on 26 March noting that, six months on from the tragedy, Mexican authorities have made “shamefully little progress” in their investigation into the enforced disappearance of 43 student teachers from Guerrero State.  “The past six months have been a period of heartbreak and torment for the family and friends of those who were forcibly disappeared last September. Despite worldwide attention on the issue, the Mexican authorities have failed to properly pursue all lines of investigation, especially the worrying allegations of complicity by armed forces. The Mexican authorities cannot wait even one day more, but must act now to bring those responsible to justice,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director Amnesty International. According to official figures, more than 25,700 people have disappeared or gone missing in Mexico in the last decade, almost half of them during the current administration of President Peña Nieto. http://bit.ly/1GuVxLy

Call for investigation of disappearances in Kashmir

The Two Circles news portal reported on 26 March that the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) on Thursday wrote to the new Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed demanding an Independent Commission of Inquiry to prosecute those responsible for more than 8,000 disappearances and more than 7,000 clandestine and mass graves. “The history of struggle against enforced disappearances and unknown, unmarked and mass graves has been highlighted in this letter and an Independent Commission of Inquiry has been once again demanded,” a statement from the APDP said, adding that, “the letter reminds Sayeed that the responsibility of investigation and prosecution for 8,000 plus disappearances and 7,000 plus unknown, unmarked and mass graves lies with the Indian state and its functionaries, including the Government of Jammu and Kashmir.” http://bit.ly/1yhlYgQ

Bosnian war crimes suspect apprehended in Turkey

The BGN News portal reported on 26 March that an indicted war criminal sought by Bosnia and Herzegovina was detained on Thursday in Turkey’s southern coastal province of Antalya, according to police officials, who said 64-year-old Dusko Dabetic arrived at a five star hotel in the holiday resort province at the beginning of this week. Dabetic will be deported to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Interpol has released an advisory for his arrest on charges of “war crimes against civilians.” http://bit.ly/1xjMkn6

Changing the Missing Persons Law in Illinois

The Alton Daily News from the US state of Illinois reports today that a bill awaiting action in the state assembly would explicitly prohibit law enforcement agencies from refusing to accept a missing persons report on the basis of a person’s mental state or medical condition.  This is sometimes an issue when a person with dementia disappears, as certain law enforcement agencies have a 24-hour period for families to wait to file a report. State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) says this bill would require police to respond to these types of missing persons calls immediately. http://bit.ly/1CfZ9Oq

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.