Daily World News Digest, 30 August 2018

ICMP: states must endeavor to account for the missing

Al Jazeera, Lebanon File and Relief Web have published an op-ed by the Director-General of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) on the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared, highlighting the close connection between accounting for missing persons and upholding the rule of law. https://bit.ly/2BWyY8Q

Pakistan: government urged to criminalize enforced disappearances

In a statement on the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared, the Chairman of Pakistan’s National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR), Ali Nawaz Chohan, has urged the government to amend the Pakistan Penal Code to make enforced disappearances an offence, Dawn newspaper reports. https://bit.ly/2PibUDg

Portugal commemorates the Disappeared

Portuguese news outlet, Mundo A Minuto, reports on the International Day of the Disappeared and the efforts by groups including the International Commission on Missing Persons, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Amnesty International to account for the disappeared. The article summarizes the state of the missing from conflict zones and migration routes around the world, noting that 33 active cases of missing persons are currently pending in Portugal (original article in Portuguese). https://bit.ly/2Nux9BC

Kenya: Amnesty calls for justice for victims of enforced disappearance

On the International Day of the Disappeared, Amnesty International and its local partner organizations in Kenya have launched Missing Voices, an online portal that will enable members of the public to report suspected executions and abductions by security forces. Amnesty has called on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to acknowledge that enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions are entrenched in police practice in Kenya, and urged him to ensure justice for victims. https://bit.ly/2wxv1li

UN calls for end to enforced disappearance in Nicaragua

In a report covering the increasingly violent protests in Nicaragua, UN News documents what it says is a disproportionate use of force by police, resulting in enforced disappearance and other human rights violations. The UN has called on the Nicaraguan government to “halt all unlawful arrests, and release all those arbitrarily detained.” https://bit.ly/2wxIiu7

Ireland calls for justice for forcibly disappeared children

Following the scandal over an unmarked mass grave found at a children’s home in Tuam in the west of Ireland, the Irish Council on Civil Liberties (ICCL) has called on the Irish government to provide justice and accountability for the 20th century state-sponsored adoption system that forcibly disappeared children from unmarried mothers, the Irish Examiner reports. https://bit.ly/2BWZkaM

HRW calls on Nepal to amend enforced disappearance law

In an open letter to Nepal’s Attorney General Agni Kharel, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Nepal to comply with international human rights standards by strengthening amendments to the Enforced Disappearances Enquiry, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act. HRW has recommended six benchmarks to the Nepalese authorities to hold the perpetrators of crimes such as enforced disappearance accountable. https://bit.ly/2NCUyk4

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.