Daily World News Digest, 5 December 2017

States failing to prevent killings and disappearances

States around the world are failing in their duty to effectively protect people who defend human rights, leading to an escalation in preventable killings and enforced disappearances, according to a new report by Amnesty International, Deadly but Preventable Attacks: Killings and Enforced Disappearances of Those Who Defend Human Rights. The report includes testimonies from friends, relatives and colleagues of human rights defenders, including environmentalists, LGBTIQ and women’s rights activists, journalists and lawyers, who have been killed or disappeared. Many described how victims’ pleas for protection had been repeatedly ignored by the authorities and how the attackers had evaded justice, fuelling a deadly cycle of impunity. http://bit.ly/2iQn1Jn

Pakistan: Supreme Court orders security agencies to report on missing persons

Pakistan’s Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances has told the Supreme Court that it is still investigating 1,498 cases of missing persons. It says the highest number of pending cases [837] are from the Khyber-Pakhtunkwa. There are 273 cases from Punjab, 126 cases each from Sindh and Balochistan, 63 cases from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and 52 from Islamabad. The Commission says that it was able to account for 2,257 people between 2011 and 30 November this year. On Monday the Supreme Court expressed incomprehension that security agencies claim to have no information about missing persons. http://bit.ly/2ARHKmO

Families of the disappeared in Pakistan seek answers

Pakistan’s Herald newspaper carries an in-depth article on the problem of enforced disappearances in the country, the difficulty in assembling statistical evidence, and the way in which enforced disappearance is affecting individuals from every class and community. The article, which includes comments from a member of the country’s Commission of Enquiry on Enforced Disappearances established at the order of Pakistan’s Supreme Court in 2010, features detailed first-hand accounts of irregular detention and imprisonment. http://bit.ly/2AvTKI3

Body of US sailor identified after more than 75 years

The remains of a Navy veteran who died in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor are being returned to his home state of Indiana. George James Wilcox was 19 when a Japanese torpedo sank his ship, the USS Oklahoma, killing him and more than 400 other people. Wilcox had been buried in a mass grave until the Department of Defense identified his remains this year using DNA testing. The department has identified the remains of 100 sailors from the USS Oklahoma by comparing their DNA to living family members. http://bit.ly/2BycfuO

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