Daily World News Digest, 8 February 2016

Sri Lanka’s Tamil leaders call for UN help on 4,000 missing

CTV News reported on 7 February that Sri Lanka’s ethnic Tamil leaders on Sunday asked the top UN human rights official to help determine the fate of more than 4,000 civilians reported missing in the country’s long civil war. The UN official Zeid is on a four-day visit to Sri Lanka to review measures taken by the government to investigate alleged war abuses during the war. Zeid said he discussed several issues with Northern Province Chief Minister Wigneswaran and other provincial officials, including the missing people, detentions without trial and military-occupied private land. Wigneswaran said he gave Zeid a list of the more than 4,000 people reported missing, with dates and places where they were seen last. http://bit.ly/1PgwdfF

Voice of missing people in Balochistan

Hindustan Times, a daily from India, carried a story on 7 February saying that Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur is among the few Pakistanis who have raised the issue of “missing people” or victims of enforced disappearances in the troubled province of Balochistan, making him a marked man in the eyes of the security establishment. Talpur is watched constantly and his movements monitored. Hundreds who opposed the military operation and the presence of outsiders have been picked up by intelligence agencies and, in most instances, never heard of again. According to the group Voice for Missing Baloch Persons, about 18,000 people have been kidnapped in Balochistan over the past four decades. http://bit.ly/1TNGJhQ

Turkey wants to widen search for missing

In-Cyprus reported on 6 February that Turkey recently asked the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to request the Republic of Cyprus allow it access to military zones to carry out excavations in search of missing persons, Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues and Overseas Cypriots Photis Photiou said.“Turkey rushed recently to appeal in writing to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to ask the Greek Cypriot side to allow access to military zones under its control to search for missing persons,” Photiou said. He noted that such an issue had never been raised before and that there has never been any information in connection with missing Turkish Cypriots. http://bit.ly/23SlL5N

Zaria Massacre: Mass grave found in Kaduna State

AhlulBayt News Agency reported on 6 February saying that the political activists revealed that after massacring the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Zaria, the Nigerian army had brought their dead bodies to Kaduna province and buried them in the mass grave. The Nigerian army attacked two religious centers of the country’s Shiite community on 12 December. Political activists said later that the Nigerian army forces buried and set fire on the corpses of those Shiite Muslims who had been killed during the recent raids in Zaria region. Late in December, members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria demanded setting up of a judicial commission of inquiry to probe the killings of their members in Zaria in December, during its meeting with House of Representatives panel. http://bit.ly/1SaDKAs

Mexico: Call for Ayotzinapa students continues

Prensa Latina carried a story on 6 February saying that the call to find the whereabouts of the 43 students from the teacher training college of Ayotzinapa who disappeared in September 2014, continues in Mexico. The initiative is particularly led by the committee set up by the students’ parents and relatives. That was confirmed during the First National Meeting for Outrage, which gathered social organizations to implement new alliances to defend the people’s interests. Vidulfo Rosales, lawyer of the missing students’ parents, said that the Government is seeking the oblivion. http://bit.ly/20EoBvY

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.