Daily World News Digest, 27 November 2018

Sicily: identifying deceased migrants

Researchers, police, coroners and an imam in Sicily endeavor to identify refugees and migrants who have died at sea while trying to reach Europe, Al Jazeera reports. Due to the fact that most victims do not carry identification documents, such as passports, the work of coroners is essential as they examine bodies and provide forensic police with information about refugees’ DNA, origin, height, weight and gender. https://bit.ly/2FJFVw4

Syrian: female victims of enforced disappearance

From the beginning of the Syrian conflict in March 2011, until 25 November this year, 27,226 women have been killed by all the parties to the conflict, the Syrian Network for Human Rights reports. According to SNHR, “violence inflicted on Syrian women is unmatched in any other part of the world.” It says 9,906 women are currently missing, either under arrest or forcibly disappeared. https://bit.ly/2DNSFzh

Lebanon: UN rights experts welcome law on enforced disappearances

The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances has expressed the view that new legislation against enforced disappearances in Lebanon can give victims and their families access to truth and justice, UNHCHR reports. The WGEID added that adoption of the law should be followed by ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and the formal criminalization of enforced disappearance as an autonomous crime. https://bit.ly/2ztyRxT

Pakistan: enforced disappearance

The Sindh High Court (SHC) has heard a petition from the wife of a missing businessman, asking the Court to direct law enforcement to produce the missing person in court and provide details of any charges against him, The News from Pakistan reports. https://bit.ly/2FGsPj6

Pakistan: Pashtuns and enforced disappearances

Around 5 million Pashtuns, “who have been governed by colonial-era laws and subjected to a security crackdown and enforced disappearances by Pakistani forces”, were officially given full rights as citizens this year, Al Jazeera reports. Instability and conflict in the region coupled with massive protests led to reforms, but decades of violence, discrimination and lack of development have negatively affected the area and displaced millions. https://bit.ly/2TU6thg

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.