Daily World News Digest, 29 November 2018

UN: Syria must provide information on thousands of the missing

The head of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria says families are entitled to information about the missing, and the Syrian government must provide this, AP News reports. Commission Head Paulo Pinheiro says the Security-Council must understand “that the issues of detainees and disappeared is not to be dealt (with) after the peace but now.” https://bit.ly/2AxqX6B

Nepal: disappearances from the civil war

More than a decade after the end of the civil war, family members of the missing still haven’t accepted political amnesty for serious crimes such as enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, rape and torture, the Kathmandu Post reports. Activists say the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons failed to deliver truth and justice due to a lack of trust, victim-friendly policies and expertise in the field. https://bit.ly/2E4ZixM

Kashmir: enforced disappearances

“Pakistan has failed to raise issues such as enforced disappearances with international organizations dealing specifically with women in conflict situations as it seeks international support for implementation of UNSC resolutions on Kashmir,” News International from Pakistan reports. In Kashmir the issue of enforced disappearances has led to the creation of the term “half widows” – women whose husbands have disappeared but have not been declared deceased. https://bit.ly/2Ro5FiM

Mexico: Amnesty urges new government to act on enforced disappearance

Amnesty International has called on incoming President of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador to take effective measures to improve the human rights situation, listing five pressing issues the government should address in its first 100 days, including violence against women and children, and the right to justice, truth and reparation in cases of enforced disappearance. https://bit.ly/2E3p4mm

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.