Daily World News Digest, 8 December 2016

Missing persons in Pakistan

 Deutsche Welle reported yesterday that Pakistani activist Wahid Baloch, who disappeared four months ago, has returned to his home in the southern city of Karachi. “The social activist, writer and small-scale publisher is believed to have been detained by unidentified security officials on 26 July on the outskirts of Karachi. A number of activists from the country’s southwestern Baluchistan province have disappeared in the past few years. Rights groups claim that Pakistan’s security agencies have kidnapped them because of their alleged support for a separatist movement in Baluchistan. http://bit.ly/2hj7bEq 

Report accuses police of killings and enforced disappearances in Kenya

KDR TV in Kenya reported yesterday that the National Police Service has been accused of involvement in the killing and disappearance of tens of people in the Coast in the context of the fight against terrorism. A human rights body has documented more than 80 cases, among them 22 deaths due to excessive force, four deaths in custody and 31 cases of alleged extrajudicial execution. The Kenyan NGO Haki Africa has also documented 24 cases of enforced disappearance. It says there were many other cases that have been reported and could not be documented as there was no evidence of police involvement.  http://bit.ly/2gEPQCh   

Migrants missing in Greece

The Wall Street Journal, reported yesterday that as many as 13,000 people who registered in Greece’s migrant camps are unaccounted for and could have slipped north into Europe, according to European immigration officials. The findings, shared with The Wall Street Journal after the officials completed a review of Europe’s Aegean frontier, show that Greece hasn’t become the “dead end for migrants that Europe wanted it to be”, according to the article. http://on.wsj.com/2g9KEdg 

UN Committee states Turkmenistan’s president must renounce torture

Reuters reported yesterday that the UN’s Committee against Torture has accused Turkmenistan of torture, systematic abuse, including rape and beating in jail, and political disappearances. The Committee is seriously concerned at consistent allegations of widespread torture and ill-treatment, including severe beatings, of persons deprived of their liberty, especially at the moment of apprehension and during pretrial detention, mainly in order to extract confessions. http://reut.rs/2gEIS01 

Every day in West Yorkshire 45 people are reported missing

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner, yesterday reported the launch in West Yorkshire of a Police and Crime plan that focuses on missing people. The article notes that every day in West Yorkshire 45 people are reported missing. http://bit.ly/2h8DNQW 

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.