Daily World News Digest, 30 April 2019

Pakistan: 2,181 enforced disappearance cases still pending

Pakistan’s government commission on missing persons says there are 2,181 cases of enforced disappearance that are still pending. Aljazeera reports that “many of the 3,659 cases the commission has disposed of have been traced to . . . a network of internment centers where they may be held without charges indefinitely under a draconian security law.” https://bit.ly/2IVK3Kn

Bangladesh: human rights organizations warn of extrajudicial killings

At least two people blew themselves up on Monday after exchanging gunshots with police, Aljazeera reports. Bangladesh authorities have increased vigilance in the wake of the Sri Lanka Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people. Bangladesh launched a crackdown on armed groups in the wake of a 2016 attack on a cafe in Dhaka that left 22 dead. However, human rights organizations have accused security forces of carrying out extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances. https://bit.ly/2US3pkJ

Mexico: multiple human remains found in clandestine grave in Veracruz

Ejecentral reports that seven more clandestine graves have been found at a property in Veracruz, Mexico. Last week, investigators found 36 graves at the property, where they had begun a search following a tip-off. (Original article in Spanish) https://bit.ly/2PF7isr

Netherlands: Drivers of food delivery company raise awareness on missing persons

Drivers of Deliveroo, a Dutch food delivery company, will place posters of missing persons on the sides of their blue delivery bags in order to raise awareness about missing persons in the Netherlands, the Dutch Review reports. The initiative will last for a month in Amsterdam, The Hague, Breda and Nijmegen. https://bit.ly/2DIqHEe

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.