Daily World News Digest, 9 April 2019

Tanzania: journalist’s disappearance still unsolved

More than 500 days after the disappearance of journalist Azory Gwanda in Tanzania, his whereabouts are still unknown, Human Rights Watch reports. According to Gwanda’s wife, Anna Pinoni, he was picked up from his home in November 2017 in a period when he was covering human rights violations in Pwani region, south of Dar es Salaam. The government’s response to Gwanda’s disappearance has been inadequate, HRW says, “raising questions about its true commitment to finding answers”. http://bit.ly/2Z04af2

Mexico: UN to assist in investigating Ayotzinapa disappearances

Under an agreement signed by Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday, the UNHCHR will collaborate with Mexico’s Presidential Commission for Truth and Access to Justice on the investigation into to the disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa students in 2014, France 24 reports (original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2G9eWs7

Croatia: newspaper campaign to raise awareness on missing persons nominated for award

Balkan Insight reports that the Croatian newspaper, 24sata, which has been publishing stories of families who are still looking for relatives who went missing during the 1991-1995 conflict, has been nominated for a Webbys’ award in the category of corporate social responsibility campaigns. The paper’s “Gone but not forgotten” campaign is credited with finding two missing persons. https://bit.ly/2D767wM

Malaysia: 200 Rohingya refugees still at sea

More than 40 Rohingya refugees arrived in the Malaysian state of Perlis on Monday and are believed to have travelled in a boat with more than 200 migrants. The Washington Post reports that 47 refugees switched to a smaller boat but only 41 arrived, according to Malaysian authorities. Six are missing from the first boat and the authorities are monitoring for more boats. https://wapo.st/2I7AFTs

No trace of enslaved Turkman women

The fate of most of the Turkman women and children enslaved by Da’esh in 2014 remains unknown despite the end of Da’esh control, KirkukNow reports. According to the High Commission for Human Rights in Iraq, 615 women were enslaved by Da’esh. It says finding the victims may be complex as families sometimes do not report missing persons because of social and religious conventions (Original article in Kurdish). https://bit.ly/2YYmFQZ

Zimbabwe: search for the missing Cyclone victims continues

The authorities in Zimbabwe are working with the National University of Science & Technology Applied Testing Genetic Center to help identify victims of Cyclone Idai, Bulawayo 24 News reports. It says 257 people are still missing as a result of the cyclone and are still being searched for. https://bit.ly/2Iacpjj

Items in the 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.