Daily World News Digest, 7 May 2015

Yemen: Pro-Houthi Forces Attack, Detain Civilians

Human Rights Watch reports today that Pro-Houthi forces have fatally shot two women and held aid workers hostage in the Yemeni city of Aden. The incidents, possible war crimes, exemplify the grave threats to civilians in the embattled southern seaport, where Ansar Allah, also known as the Houthis, and their allies are fighting forces of the Popular Resistance Committees for control of the city, HRW said. http://bit.ly/1DTzIzN

Australia’s unsolved missing person cases

9news from Australia reports today on a missing persons case in New South Wales and notes that around 35,000 people are reported missing in Australia each year, or one every 15 minutes. Most are found safe and well, but at least 1,600 people are yet to be found after more than six months without being seen. http://bit.ly/1QpjFm5

Around 1,460 missing in Donbas, about 400 held captive – Kuchma

Interfax Ukraine reported on 6 May that Ukraine’s representative in the Contact Group on Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma, has said that 1,460 people have gone missing during the military conflict in Donbas and nearly 400 are being held captive. “The good news is that today we decided to tackle this problem more thoroughly,” Kuchma told reporters on Wednesday. http://bit.ly/1Qplobk

Game of 72 social media fad concerning to Vancouver police

CBC News reported on 6 May that Game of 72 a social media fad that encourages young people to find ways to disappear for three days has Vancouver Police concerned. The warning comes after a massive police hunt was launched in the UK last week in an attempt to find a missing 14-year-old and 15-year-old. The pair were found and investigators believe they were playing the game. http://bit.ly/1dPhYk8

Uzbekistan: Decade of Impunity for Massacre

Human Rights Watch today called on the US, the EU, and other governments to speak out about human rights abuses in Uzbekistan on the 10th anniversary of the Andijan massacre and renew their calls for accountability. On 13 May 2005, government forces opened fire on thousands of mostly peaceful protesters in the central square in the town of Andijan, a city in the Fergana Valley in eastern Uzbekistan. The protesters had gathered to speak out against poverty, unemployment, and government repression, and to call on the government to respond to their plight. “Fear still hangs over the people of Uzbekistan,” said Steve Swerdlow, Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch. “They live with the knowledge that simply for speaking out, they can be shot and killed with impunity.” http://bit.ly/1EjsRzS

Palestine: Students Detained for Political Opinions

Human Rights Watch reports today that Palestinian Authority security forces have detained at least four West Bank students over the past six months, apparently for their affiliation with Hamas or political criticism. Two have alleged ill-treatment in detention. “It is deeply worrying that students are being held by Palestinian forces for no apparent reason other than their connection to Hamas or their opinions,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director. “Palestinians should be able to express critical political opinions without being arrested or beaten.”http://bit.ly/1ERJWVg


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.