Daily World News Digest, 29 April 2015

Nepal earthquake: Relief starts reaching remote villages

The BBC reports today that as relief efforts continue in the Kathmandu Valley, the response is broadening to include areas such as Dhading and Gorkha, according to the UN. The 7.8 quake has claimed more than 5,000 lives. Many survivors remain in desperate need of food and water. Thousands of people are queuing to board buses and leave the capital, amid fears of further aftershocks. Police have been deployed at the main bus station, with thousands increasingly desperate to leave, AFP news agency reports. http://bbc.in/1PW0GiQ

Nigerian army “rescues nearly 300” from Sambisa Forest

The BBC reports today that the Nigerian military says it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women from an area where the militant group Boko Haram is active. However, it said the girls abducted from a school in Chibok in April 2014 were not among them. The military said the girls and women were freed during operations ending in the seizure of four Boko Haram camps in the Sambisa Forest. http://bbc.in/1bd21lS

Sri Lanka Commission on Missing Persons

News LK from Sri Lanka reported on 28 April that the Presidential Commission on Missing Persons says that 60 percent of allegations of forced disappearances, abductions and arbitrary arrests made to the Commission by plaintiffs in the north of the country have been made against the Tamil Tigers, 30% against the security forces, 5% against armed groups and 5% against unknown groups. The Commission submitted its Interim Report to the President on 10 April. http://bit.ly/1KsM2fX

Search is still on for over 500 missing people in Scotland

The Courier news portal reported on 28 April that more than 500 people who have vanished in Scotland over the past six decades remain the subject of long-term missing person inquiries. Figures released following a Freedom of Information request revealed there were 31,697 people reported missing in 2013/14. Police Scotland said 55 percent of missing people were traced within the same day and a further 42 percent were found within seven days of disappearing. But there are 512 people going back to 1957 who have never been found. http://bit.ly/1HQhC7R

Iran: Sweeping Arrests of Ahwazi Arab Activists

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International drew public attention to reports that Iran’s intelligence and security forces have rounded up and detained scores of Ahwazi Arabs, including several children, in what appears to be an escalating crackdown in Iran’s Khuzestan province. According to activists and family members, many arrests took place in the lead-up to the tenth anniversary of mass anti-government demonstrations that gripped the Arab-populated province in April 2005. Family members said the arrests have been carried out without warrants by groups of armed masked men affiliated with Iran’s security and intelligence services. They said those arrested include people suspected of playing leadership roles in mobilizing local protests. Iranian authorities have not given a reason for the arrests or revealed the status and whereabouts of the detainees, placing them at increased risk of torture and other ill-treatment, the human rights organizations said. http://bit.ly/1J7mdB3

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.