Daily World News Digest, 8 May 2015

Migrant crisis: capsized boat found in Mediterranean

The BBC reported on 7 May that the Italian navy believes it has found a boat that sank in the Mediterranean, leaving at least 800 migrants dead. The three-deck boat sank near the Libyan coast three weeks ago, in what the UN has called the deadliest ever incident in the Mediterranean. On Wednesday, the Italian navy said it had found a boat 375m (1,230 feet) below on the sea bed. Only 28 people survived after the boat crashed into a merchant ship – four of the survivors were children. Rescuers found only 24 bodies at the scene. Italian prosecutors say the migrants paid between $700 and $7,000 to be on board, having been forced to stay on a farm in Libya for up to a month before the journey. http://bbc.in/1DVQazo

Zimbabwe silent on missing activist

Human Rights Watch called on the Zimbabwe authorities today to provide information on the whereabouts of a prominent human rights activist, Itai Dzamara, who was abducted by five armed men on 9 March 2015. He has not been heard from since. Family members have told Human Rights Watch that state security agents had repeatedly threatened Dzamara prior to his abduction, warning him that something would happen if he did not halt his activism. Authorities have denied involvement in his abduction. Dzamara, a 36-year-old journalist and human rights activist, is a leader of the Occupy Africa Unity Square protest group. He has led a number of peaceful protests against the deteriorating political and economic environment in Zimbabwe, petitioned President Robert Mugabe to resign to allow for fresh elections, and called for reforms to the electoral system. http://bit.ly/1AJTm14

More than 400 missing after Nepal earthquake

Fox6now reported on 7 May that Nepal’s government on Thursday said that 403 people are believed to be missing 12 days after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake. This is the first time that the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) has released an estimate of how many people are missing. The death toll from the April 25 earthquake is 7,802. The capital district suffered the most fatalities in the quake, with 3,035 dead. Preliminary figures reveal that 113 of the missing are foreigners and that the majority of them were in the Langtang Valley, north of Kathmandu, when the quake struck, according to police spokesman Sarbendra Khanal. http://bit.ly/1AJTFci

Pakistan court instructs authorities to report on missing persons cases

The Express Tribune news portal reports today that the Peshawar High Court has issued directives to the home secretary of the province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa as well as the federal interior and defense ministries to submit reports in cases of several missing persons. Chief Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel and Justice Irshad Qaiser issued the orders on Thursday while hearing 19 cases of enforced disappearances. http://bit.ly/1dRFZab

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.