Daily World News Digest – 30 August 2019

ICMP on International Day of the Disappeared

FENA and other multiple outlets in Bosnia and Herzegovina reported on an article published by ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger today, highlighting the fact that, as countries struggle to address the issue of large numbers of missing persons, “an international legal framework has been set in place that lays out the obligations of governments to take effective action.” https://bit.ly/2zxQg8A

UN: Enforced disappearance cases continue

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has issued a statement to mark International Day of the Disappeared, noting that “enforced disappearance can be misperceived as an issue of the past, but many cases remain unresolved and new ones continue to arise. He says successful prosecutions “have contributed to uncovering the truth, delivering justice and deterring repetition” and he calls on countries to sign, ratify or accede to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. https://bit.ly/2LbnQYB

Enforced disappearance in Asia

The Diplomat reports that cases of enforced disappearances “continue to occur unabated across the Asian region”. To date, only three Asian countries – Japan, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka – have ratified the UN Convention against Enforced Disappearances. The CIVICUS Monitor, a global tool tracking civic space, has documented ongoing cases of enforced disappearances in at least 13 countries in the Asian region over the last year. https://bit.ly/2L8MrwV

Hope for missing persons process in Mexico

El Pais newspaper in Costa Rica carries an interview with Sister Consuelo Morales, the founder of Citizens in Support of Human Rights, a civil society organization in the state of Nuevo Leone, Mexico that helps families to address the issue of enforced disappearance. Sr Consuelo, whose organization is working with ICMP, expresses optimism that the more rigorous application of the Law on Missing persons will deliver tangible results (original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2ZJ8xys

Finding Kosovo’s missing

Al Jazeera reports on forensic efforts to identify remains from the war in Kosovo, which have drawn support and resistance. Although the war ended in Kosovo 20 years ago, thousands of families still demand answers from Serbian and Kosovar officials about their loved ones’ whereabouts. https://bit.ly/2Uqb7UZ


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.