Daily World News Digest, 6 March 2015

Pakistan bans Baloch activist from US trip

The BBC reported on 5 March that Pakistani authorities have stopped a rights activist from the Balochistan region from travelling to a conference in the US. Abdul Qadeer Baloch and two other activists were prevented from boarding a flight at Karachi Airport because he is on an “exit-control” list. The 73-year-old campaigns for people whose family members have disappeared in the region’s overlapping conflicts. http://bbc.in/1B9TQkn

Lawyer working on missing persons cases shot in Karachi

The Samaa news portal reported on 5 March that a lawyer working on missing persons cases was shot and killed in Karachi on Wednesday. Ali Hasnain Bukhari, an advocate and a member of the Legal Aid Committee of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, a major political party in Sindh Province, was shot by two men who escaped by motorbike. Bukhari was said to be working on missing persons cases related to party activists. http://bit.ly/1BG5FiV

Enforced Disappearance: Missing man returns home in Pakistan

The Express Tribune of Pakistan reported on 5 March that a 23-year old man alleged to have been forcibly detained by security officials in April 2014 near Karachi had returned home on Tuesday. Rohail Laghari, thought to be a worker of the banned Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM), which advocates independence for the Sindh region, said that he was released in the mountains behind Sindh University. He claimed that he was beaten and interrogated about his connection to JSMM, adding that he told the interrogators that he was not affiliated with any political or nationalist group. http://bit.ly/1Ek1ECI

Return to Sri Lanka still dangerous, rights group says

The Tamil Guardian reported on 5 March that as many as 84 percent of people in the North-East of Sri Lanka have had a family member detained, according to the UK-based Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice. In a letter to the British government, the group warned that the risk of persecution for Tamil returnees to Sri Lanka remains. The letter highlights what it describes as a systemic climate of torture and arbitrary detention in Sri Lanka. http://bit.ly/1MbYt0W

Croatia Detains Wartime General Branimir Glavas

Balkan Insight reported on 5 March that police have detained Branimir Glavas after the Croatian Supreme Court ruled that the former general must be transferred to remand prison until the final verdict in his war crimes trial has been handed down. Glavas was detained on Thursday morning at his apartment in Osijek in eastern Croatia and taken to a remand prison in Zagreb after the Supreme Court said he could influence witnesses or destroy evidence relating to his war crimes trial. The retired general and right-wing politician was released from jail in January after the Constitutional Court annulled his eight-year sentence for war crimes against Serb civilians in Osijek in 1991. But a previous ten-year sentence handed down by the Zagreb county court in 2009 for the same crimes was still in force, and so Glavas must now remain in custody until the final ruling is delivered. http://bit.ly/1CFAAgy

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.