Daily World News Digest, 6 December 2017

Migrant deaths are “vastly under-reported”

The majority of migrant deaths are unrecorded, according to a new report which calls for “significant improvements” to be made in order to capture the true number of deaths which occur during migration worldwide. The report, the second part of “Fatal Journeys Volume 3: Improving data on missing migrants from the International Organization for Migration, follows a series of deadly incidents, including in the Mediterranean and at the border of Bangladesh from neighbouring Myanmar. More than 500,000 people have fled their homes in Myanmar, with thousands attempting to reach Bangladesh by boat across the Andaman Sea.The Mediterranean crossings, which have claimed the lives of 15,000 migrants since the crisis hit the headlines in October 2013, are just one example of the many migration routes that see numerous fatalities each year. http://bit.ly/2AbFYNX

Zeid urges Mexico not to pass proposed internal security law

Proposed legislation in Mexico that would enshrine the role of the armed forces in law enforcement is deeply worrying, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Tuesday. “I fully recognize that Mexico faces a huge security challenge, given the violence and fear sown by powerful, organized crime groups. But more than a decade after the armed forces were deployed in the so-called war on drugs, violence has not abated and many human rights violations and abuses, including extrajudicial killings, torture and enforced disappearances, continue to be committed by various State and non-State actors,” said Zeid. The Law on Internal Security was approved by the Chamber of Deputies on 30 November and has now been referred for debate and adoption in the Senate. http://bit.ly/2Axs6N9

58 human rights activists killed in Brazil so far this year

Amnesty International says 58 activists were killed in Brazil during the first eight months of the year, putting 2017 on track to be one of the deadliest years for human rights defenders in the country. In a report released Tuesday, the rights group says most of the victims were indigenous people, rural landless workers and “other individuals working on issues related to land and the environment.” Renata Neder, a human rights adviser at Amnesty International, said that figures showed more activists killed in Brazil than any other country in the Americas. She also said the number of victims was increasing every year. According to the report, about 3,500 human rights activists have been murdered worldwide since the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders in 1998. http://strib.mn/2zU8ako

Pakistani activist Raza Khan reported missing

A Pakistani peace activist has been abducted in the eastern city of Lahore, prompting fears for his safety, his family and fellow activists confirmed on Wednesday. Raza Mahmood Khan, 40, was a member of the Aghaz-e-Dosti (Initiation of Friendship) organization, and was known for his grassroots activism around the issue of India-Pakistan friendship, said Saeeda Diep, a prominent social activist in Lahore. Khan went missing on Saturday, his brother Hamid Nasir told Al Jazeera, after attending an open discussion event on the topic of extremism. http://bit.ly/2AXlSqj 

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