Daily World News Digest, 6 July 2018

ICMP fosters international cooperation on missing migrants

National Public Radio has produced extended coverage of ICMP’s efforts to foster cooperation among Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta, as well as international organizations and other countries to address the issue of missing migrants in the Mediterranean. “We’ve shown that you can find missing people, even against enormous odds, if you have a sustainable plan in place and if there is political will,” says ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger. https://n.pr/2KJYLnS

UN urged to address enforced disappearances in Syria

A report by the Syrian Network for Human Rights’ (SNHR) has highlighted arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances in Syria and calls on the UN Security Council to follow up on implementation of Resolution 2042, 2043, and 2139 which state that enforced-disappearance should be cease. The SNHR report also urges the UN Human Rights Council to follow up on the issue of detainees and forcibly-disappeared persons in Syria. https://bit.ly/2KCm4B7

NGOs in Lebanon support law on missing persons

Lebanese NGOs have expressed support for draft legislation that would establish an independent commission to investigate the fate of persons missing since the country’s civil war, protect and exhume mass graves, and return the bodies to their families, The Economist reports. https://econ.st/2Kyo11n

Pakistan’s commission on missing persons disposes of 3,331 cases

Dawn newspaper reports that as of 30 June, Pakistan’s Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances has disposed of more than half the missing persons cases brought before it. The Commission has held more than 400 hearings throughout Pakistan and has been referred cases by the country’s Supreme Court. https://bit.ly/2KS7AJf

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.