Daily World News Digest, 28 May 2018

Philippines: almost 2,000 have disappeared since 1972

As many as 1,993 cases of enforced disappearance have been documented in the Philippines since 1972, according to the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances. Under President Rodrigo Duterte, there have been 37 documented cases, most of which are related to the administration’s war on drugs, positioning Philippines as the country that submitted the highest number of cases of enforced disappearances from Southeast Asia. https://bit.ly/2IRNbXI

Fears of “Philippines-style” extrajudicial killings in Bangladesh

A crackdown on alleged drug dealers has left at least 91 people dead in less than two weeks in Bangladesh, sparking fears of a Philippines-style drug war marked by extrajudicial killings. Most of the deaths have occurred in what the Bangladeshi news media have referred to as shoot-outs or gunfights, although the families of several people killed have said they were arrested by police and died in custody, the South China Morning post reports. https://bit.ly/2ksBp7w

Austria promises help for Yezidis in Iraq 

Nadia Murad, a prominent Yezidi activist and the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, said today that Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl has promised that the Austrian Government will work on rebuilding Yezidi areas and compensating victims of Da’esh. In a meeting with Ms Murad, Foreign Minister Kneissl promised to address the administrative problems of Sinjar, where issues regarding the respective roles of the Federal Government in Baghdad and the Kurdish Regional Government have slowed down reconstruction. (article in Arabic) https://bit.ly/2IOtWP5

Nicolas Maduro sworn in as Venezuelan leader, announces release of political prisoners

Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro announced the release of an unspecified number of opposition prisoners on Thursday during his swearing in ceremony for a second term as president. Maduro, who won Sunday’s presidential election with more than 68 percent of the vote, said the release of people who had taken part in anti-government protests in recent years was part of a policy of “pacification” and “reconciliation.” The government has imprisoned more than 300 people on charges of inciting violence during protests in 2014 and 2017 that left at least 160 people dead, according to Venezuelan Penal Forum, a rights group. https://bit.ly/2L0oghj

Police Scotland: missing persons cases up by 1,000

The number of missing persons reports investigated by police in Scotland has increased by almost 1,000 in the past year. Police Scotland said it investigated nearly 23,000 cases in 2017-18.  People went missing for complex reasons and more than 99 percent were found alive. https://bbc.in/2ktLAsH

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.