Daily World News Digest, 27 May 2019

Bangladesh: long wait for families of the disappeared

Aljazeera reports on a demonstration by family members in the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka, remembering loved ones who have disappeared. The Odhikar human rights group has documented 505 enforced disappearances between 2009 and 2018. https://bit.ly/2I9E55N

Mexico: police officers kidnapped

Two police officers from the Prosecutor’s Office of the State of Jalisco who were assigned to missing persons cases have been kidnapped while inspecting a private ranch. The Prosecutors Office says federal and state agencies are trying to locate the officers, the newspaper El Universal reports. The article says the State of Jalisco has more than 7,000 missing persons (Original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2EyY38Y

Pakistan: Three killed at protest against enforced disappearances

Aljazeera reports that at least three people were killed and more than 15 wounded in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan on Sunday in protests against enforced disappearances. The protests were led by two Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leaders who are also members of parliament. The PTM became known in January last year when it led countrywide protests against extrajudicial killing of a young man Naqeebullah Mehsud from South Waziristan. https://bit.ly/2VTkITc

Pakistan: Commission review on missing persons

Pakistan’s Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (CIED) reports that it has registered 6,051 cases since March 2011. In its monthly progress report for May, it says irt has disposed of 3,793 cases, while 2,258 cases are still pending. Out of the 3,793 cases, 743 individuals were traced to internment centers, 468 people were located in prisons, and 189 people were deceased. https://bit.ly/2EySyXC

Scottish government to help families of missing persons

The Scottish government will form a new independent working group to help authorities work together and to help missing people and those close to them, BBC News reports. In Scotland about 55 people, adults and children, are reported missing every day. The working group will support delivery of Scotland’s National Missing Persons Framework. https://bbc.in/2VO41IV

Congo: 200 people missing after vessel sinks

The Associated Press reports that at least 30 people died and 200 people are missing after a vessel sank in Lake Mai-Ndombe in the Democratic Republic of Congo. https://bit.ly/2wmvMhh

102 people missing after being detained by the government of Nicaragua

The Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners in Nicaragua says 102 people have gone missing after being detained by paramilitaries and police. The Argentinian news portal Infobae reports that families of the missing have been denied information about their loved ones (Original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2Ez4E3a

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.