Daily World News Digest 28 November 2019

Washington acts to address issue of missing Native American women

USA Today reports that US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at addressing the issue of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. A task force will be established, which the Administration says will “engage with tribal communities on the scope of the issue; develop protocols to apply to new and unsolved cases; establish a multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional team to review cold cases; establish greater clarity of roles, authorities and jurisdictions involved in these cases.” https://bit.ly/2OQrK9Q

Mediterranean: missing migrants

The Guardian reports that four people have died and 16 are missing after a boat carrying 78 migrants got into difficulties while travelling from Morocco to Spain. A spokeswoman for the Salvamento Marítimo said rescuers had saved 62 people from the water 36 miles north-east of the Spanish north African enclave of Melilla. The International Organization for Migration says 22,970 people have arrived in Spain by sea this year and 325 people have died in the attempt. https://bit.ly/2R132Gf

Egypt: Rights activist reappears after 167 days

Ibrahim Ezz-Eldin, a researcher with the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), has reappeared in the custody of the Supreme State Security Prosecution after being missing for 167 days, Middle East Monitor reports. When Ezz-Eldin’s family and lawyer enquired about his whereabouts, after he was taken away by plain clothes police on 12 June, the authorities denied that he was in custody. http://bit.ly/2QY0ZCV

Gambia: Calls for “victim-centered” justice

Following a visit to Gambia, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence Fabián Salviolim said the country has made progress in its post-dictatorship justice process, but urged the government to put victims at the center of the process, allAfrica reports. Salviolim said more has to be done on reparations for victims and institutional reforms. https://bit.ly/2Dqaseo

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.