Daily World News Digest, 31 July 2015

Lobby against India UNSC seat

The Asian Age reports today that a pressure group representing the families of the victims of enforced disappearances in Jammu and Kashmir has written to the member states of the United Nations not to support India’s move to become a permanent member of the Security Council. It was stated in the request that “the Indian State’s record comprises enforced disappearance of more than 8,000 people, existence of unmarked and mass graves, extrajudicial killings, torture, sexual assault and numerous other human rights violations.” “The Indian State never allowed the United Nations special rapporteur on enforced or involuntary disappearances to visit Jammu and Kashmir, and did not ratify the Convention against Enforced Disappearances,” it added. http://bit.ly/1DdRapo

New system homes in on missing persons

The PS News, Australian news portal, carried a story today saying that new technology developed by the national police information agency CrimTrac is expected to help police work nationwide link some of Australia’s 1,600 long-term missing persons to more than 500 unidentified cases of human remains. Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan said CrimTrac had created the unique system – the National Missing Person and Victim System (NMPVS) – to enable police and forensic examiners to fast-track identifications in new cases. Ahead of National Missing Persons Week next week, Mr. Keenan said that in Australia around 35,000 people were reported missing each year, or one person every 15 minutes. http://bit.ly/1H9piNZ

Turkmenistan must free rights activist immediately

Human Rights Watch issued a report on 30 July saying that Turkmenistan authorities should immediately release a journalist who had been secretly detained for weeks on seemingly politically motivated charges, Human Rights Watch said today. Saparmamed Nepeskuliev, about 35, has been denied contact with his lawyer and family members, placing him at grave risk. “Turkmenistan has a long record of enforced disappearances and jailing of journalists and government critics, bringing trumped-up charges, and mistreating detainees, so the sooner Nepeskuliev is released the better.” Turkmenistan is one of the most closed and repressive countries in the world, and does not allow media freedom, Human Rights Watch said. http://bit.ly/1OEJlcM

The Muttahida Quami Movement in Pakistan concerned over disappearance of thirteen party workers

The Daily Times, a daily from Pakistan, reported on 30 July that the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Coordination Committee members have expressed grave concern over losing contact with 13 party workers and supporters who had gone missing on their way from Karachi to Hyderabad. Earlier, the family members of the missing persons lodged an FIR at Shahra-e-Faisal Police Station, claiming that police were not cooperating with them, prompting them to stage a protest demonstration at Jauhar Chowrangi for early recovery of their loved ones. http://bit.ly/1IwVErm

Government of Kosovo prepares new war crimes court vote

The Balkan Insight carried a story on 30 July saying that the government of Kosovo will call another vote on setting up a special war crimes court to try former Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas. The Kosovo government announced on Thursday that it is ready to call another vote on the controversial special court after it failed to gain approval in parliament last month because of opposition from many MPs. So called ‘specialised chambers’ will be created at each level of the Kosovo judiciary to deal with allegations that Kosovo Liberation Army fighters were involved in the killings, abductions, illegal detentions and persecution of Serbs, Roma and Kosovo Albanians believed to be collaborators with the Serbian regime. http://bit.ly/1gsDCwe

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.