Daily World News Digest, 29 May 2017

Missing children in Nigeria

The Nigerian Newspaper, Daily Trust, carried a story on Saturday about Nigeria’s many missing children. The article cites a figure of more than 40 children under the age of three who have gone missing recently. Parents of the missing have formed an informal association; they complain that the authorities have failed to address the situation. One of the major challenges is a lack of police data on cases of children going missing, the article says. http://bit.ly/2qtSn6R

Yemen: Call for detainees to be released during Ramadan

ReliefWeb carried a story on Saturday on a Human Rights Watch statement calling on Yemen’s warring sides to meet their legal obligations and release those held arbitrarily, during the holy month of Ramadan. “Houthi-Saleh forces, Yemeni-government forces, and forces backed by the United Arab Emirates should free those arbitrarily held, ensure detainees have access to lawyers and family members, and reveal the fate or whereabouts of those forcibly disappeared,” the statement says. http://bit.ly/2r3oD3I

Pakistan: arbitrary detentions for social media comments

The Pakistani government should immediately end its crackdown on peaceful speech on the internet, Human Rights Watch said on Friday. The authorities should cease intimidating internet critics of the military and government, and release those arbitrarily detained for non-violent comments on social media, HRW said. Pakistan’s interior minister announced new rules on 25 May that would severely restrict online anonymity. These new measures threaten greater censorship, arbitrary arrests of critical internet voices, and violence by militant groups against activists and members of religious minorities. http://bit.ly/2qrjNyy

South Sudan: journalist released after almost 3 years of illegal detention

The Voice of America reported on Friday that South Sudanese authorities have released journalist George Livio, who had been detained without charges since 22 August 2014. Livio, who worked for the UN-sponsored Miraya FM radio station, had been arrested by national security operatives and detained at an unknown location. Amnesty International said there has been an increase in illegal detentions since civil war broke out in the country in 2013. http://bit.ly/2r3FkvS

Sri Lanka: more than 100 missing as a result of monsoons

Anadolu Agency reported on Sunday that the death toll has reached 146 and 102 are missing, as monsoons caused mudslides and severe flooding in Sri Lanka. More heavy rain is predicted in the coming days, and fresh warnings have been issued to people living close to the island’s main rivers to evacuate immediately. http://bit.ly/2r3weyY

More than 1,500 migrants have died in Mediterranean this year

On Friday, ReliefWeb carried a story noting that the International Organization for Migration has reported that 60,521 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 24 May, with over 80 percent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 193,333 arrivals across the region through 21 May 2016. The report says that at least 1,530 deaths were recorded on the Mediterranean in 2017, all but 82 in the waters between Libya and Sicily.  http://bit.ly/2reoWZJ

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.