Monthly Archives: February 2016

Daily World News Digest, 9 February 2016

UN probe details massive and systematized violence against detainees in Syria

Time magazine reported on 8 February that UN investigators say they have collected evidence of widespread torture and execution of detainees by the regime of Bashar Assad and several antigovernment armed groups fighting in Syria, and that these acts amount to crimes against humanity. “The government has committed the crimes against humanity of extermination, murder, rape or other forms of sexual violence, torture, imprisonment, enforced disappearance and other inhuman acts,” it added. http://ti.me/1omXLY8

Indigenous Affairs Minister hears anger from families of murdered indigenous women

Huffington Post Canada carried a story on 8 February saying that Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett met with the families of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Winnipeg on Monday and said she noticed a different tone from similar meetings in other cities. Bennett is on a cross-country tour to meet with victims’ families and other…

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…

Daily World News Digest, 5 February 2016

China has finally told Hong Kong it is holding the 3 missing booksellers

Time magazine reported today that Chinese authorities have confirmed that they are holding all five men linked to a Hong Kong publishing house who went missing in recent weeks. The Hong Kong Police Force said that it had had received a response from the public security department in China that said Lui Por, Cheung Chi Ping and Lam Wing Kee were under investigation. The three were previously unaccounted for having gone missing during visits to mainland China. The three men “were suspected to be involved in a case relating to a person surnamed Gui, and were involved in illegal activities on the Mainland,” the Hong Kong police statement said, referring to Gui Minhai, one of the two other booksellers already known to be held in China. http://ti.me/1X7wxR0

Foreign Minister: Mass graves in Burundi are a lie

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Daily World News Digest, 4 February 2016

Journalist who went missing in Thailand re-emerges in China

Wall Street Journal reported on 3 February that a Chinese journalist who disappeared from Thailand while seeking refuge there last month has re-emerged in China, according to his wife, in circumstances she said closely resemble those of other recent missing-persons cases. The journalist, Li Xin, told his wife, He Fangmei, that he had willingly returned to China and is now under investigation for an alleged crime that he didn’t specify, Ms. He said. She added that she believes her husband’s statement was coerced. Mr. Li told his wife not to contact others about his case and didn’t say where in China he was or how he had gotten there. Mr. Li is the third person in recent months to disappear abroad and reappear in China. http://on.wsj.com/208NWbO

Search for missing Chibok girls continues, Nigeria Army pledges

The Guardian, a daily from Nigeria, reported today that…

Daily World News Digest, 3 February 2016

Cyprus: 700 cases solved through work of Commission on Missing Persons

In-Cyprus reported on 2 February that the Turkish Cypriot Member of the Committee of Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) Gulden Plumer Kucuk evaluated the ongoing work of the committee this week, as well as a new excavation at the Tekke Bahcesi, which is an area in Nicosia’s walled city near the Kyrenia Gate. Explaining that around 100-120 locations have been excavated every year since 2006, Kucuk said that there were currently nine teams working on both sides of the Green Line. She also said that the remains of 116 missing persons had been located in 2015, the highest figure in the past four years. http://bit.ly/1KWlR0F

Report about ISIS atrocities against Yazidi

Al Arabiya news channel carried a story on 2 February saying that eighteen months ago, on 3 August, the ISIS came to the Sinjar area. Up to 5,000 Yazidis,…

Daily World News Digest, 2 February 2016

Commission submits a bill that will criminalize disappearances in Nepal

The Kathmandu Post, a daily from Nepal, carried a story today saying that the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons has forwarded a draft bill to the government to criminalize the act of disappearance with retrospective applications aiming at conflict-era cases. The government had formed the commission without drafting the law to criminalize the disappearance, ignoring the Supreme Court order. This had raised question over the government’s intention to form transitional justice body. The commission has also sought clarity on the provisions related to disappearances in the Transitional Justice Act. It has sought amendment to the Act regarding the legal status of the disappeared. http://bit.ly/20CUNMV

Nearly 40 refugees and migrants drown in latest Aegean boat sinking

Newsweek, an American magazine, carried a story today saying that in the latest tragedy to strike in the Aegean Sea, nearly 40 refugees and…

Daily World News Digest, 1 February 2016

Migrant crisis: More than 10,000 children “missing”

The BBC reported on 31 January that More than 10,000 migrant children may have disappeared after arriving in Europe over the past two years, the EU’s police intelligence unit says. Europol said thousands of vulnerable minors had vanished after registering with state authorities. It warned of children and young people being forced into sexual exploitation and slavery by criminal gangs. Save the Children says some 26,000 child migrants arrived in Europe last year without any family. It is the first time Europol has given a Europe-wide estimate of how many might be missing. http://bbc.in/1JRBdbF

Guatemala passes new law to combat trafficking of women and girls

Headlines and Global News portal issued a news on 31 January saying that the Congress of Guatemala has passed a law that now requires authorities to immediately begin searching for women who are reported to be missing. The new…