Daily World News Digest, 29 January 2019

Enforced disappearance in Pakistan

Dawn newspaper from Pakistan reports that the Human Rights Ministry has drafted a bill that amends the Pakistan Penal Code to declare enforced disappearances a criminal offence. Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari said steps are being taken “to protect basic rights of every citizen in pursuance of the Constitution and international commitments”. https://bit.ly/2RnxabE

Transitional justice in Gambia

In an opinion piece, All Africa highlights challenges for the transitional justice process in Gambia, which began on 7 January with hearings of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission. Established in October 2018 for a two-year term, the truth commission aims to investigate, record and make recommendations on human rights violations during the regime of President Yahya Jammeh (1994-2017). http://bit.ly/2G7RlZ9

UN ready to help Brazil search for missing after dam collapse

Secretary-General António Guterres said the UN will support the Brazilian authorities in the search and emergency relief efforts following the deadly dam collapse and mudslides in the country’s southeast, UN News reports. According to news reports, dozens of people were killed, and hundreds are missing in the wake of the break at an iron-ore mine dam near the town of Brumadinho. http://bit.ly/2CVmuvM

Rescued migrants still at sea

The Netherlands has declined to accept a group of 47 refugees currently on a rescue ship in the Mediterranean that is being prevented from docking at Italian ports, Al Jazeera reports. The Sea-Watch 3, run by a German humanitarian group and flying a Dutch flag, rescued the migrants from a rubber boat off the Libyan coast more than a week ago. http://bit.ly/2UpPL8N

China: prison sentences for human rights activists

Liu Feiyue, the founder and director of the Hubei-based human rights website, “Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch” (msguancha.com) has been sentenced at Suizhou City Intermediate People’s Court in Hubei province, Amnesty International reports. Amnesty says that Liu “is one of several individuals who have been targeted by the authorities for running human rights related websites.” http://bit.ly/2SeuRvZ

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.