Monthly Archives: July 2016

Daily World News Digest, 25 July 2016

41 migrant bodies wash up on Libya beach

DailyMail, a daily from the UK, reported yesterday that the bodies of 41 suspected migrants have washed up on a beach in Libya. They were discovered on the city’s beach west of the capitol Tripoli on Saturday, and the bodies were taken to the morgue for DNA testing before being buried, an official from the coastal city said. According to the official, one or two bodies a day were found regularly and 41 in just one day is “an exceptionally high number”. The group of volunteers who found the bodies was trained by the city council in mid-July to look for victims of people smugglers. Illegal migration from Libya booms in the summer months when the Mediterranean is generally calm and traffickers pack unsafe boats with migrants desperate to start a new life in Europe. The smuggling has taken advantage of the chaos…

Daily World News Digest, 22 July 2016

Pristina ‘War Grave’ Excavation to Resume Soon

Balkan Insight reported today that according to Elez Blakaj, Kosovo’s special prosecutor, the excavation of a suspected mass grave at Pristina University is expected to resume next week. Mr Blakaj added that two search areas have been checked so far, without disclosing if any human remains have been found yet. “A third parcel is yet to be checked and it is expected that excavations resume by midweek next week,” Mr Blakaj said. The head of the Kosovo government’s Missing Persons Commission, Prenk Gjetaj, said that Serbian officials had been informed about the excavations. The excavation on the Pristina University campus started on July 13 after someone living close to the site told the Kosovo authorities that Serbian forces had buried victims on this location.

Uhuru under pressure to form team to probe killings and abductions by cops

The Star, a daily from Kenya,…

Daily World News Digest, 21 July 2016

Ukraine: Torture, Disappearances in East

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International released a joined report today about detention, torture and enforced disappearances of civilians in eastern Ukraine. According to the report, the Ukrainian governmental authorities have detained civilians suspected of involvement or links with Russian separatists, while the Russian-backed separatists have detained civilians suspected of supporting or spying for the Ukrainian government. “In some cases, the detentions constituted enforced disappearances because the parties refused to acknowledge that the person was being detained, or refused to provide their relatives with any information on their whereabouts or fate”, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said. As for the above mentioned human rights violations, the organizations reminded both parties to the conflict about the consequences of abusing detainees under international law.

President: Turkey must give answers on missing persons

Sigmalive, a daily from Cyprus, published yesterday that according to Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades…

Daily World News Digest, 20 July 2016

Kenya: Disappearances, Deaths in Northeast

Human Rights Watch released a report on 19 July about the abusive counterterrorism operations in Nairobi and northeastern Kenya during which at least 34 people have gone missing in the last two years. In these operations, the military was “actively involved in raiding homes and compounds to arrest people who were allegedly suspected of links with the armed Islamist group, Al-Shabab, who claimed responsibility for several high profile attacks in Kenya”, says the report. HRW’s concerns for the well-being of the 34 people are compounded by at least 11 cases in the past two years in which dead bodies of people previously arrested by state agents have been found. As far as HRW is aware, police have not meaningfully investigated these deaths and thus HRW urges Kenyan authorities to end the abuses in counterterrorism operations and promptly investigate the enforced disappearances and deaths of detainees…

Daily World News Digest, 19 July 2016

Organisations claim to open mass graves to identify 4,700 missing, 80 years after Spanish Civil War

Catalan News Agency, a daily from Spain, carried out a story yesterday about the organisations in Spain which are working to recover historic memory of the 4,700 disappeared during the Spanish Civil War. One of the priorities for the organizations is to reopen 373 mass graves in Catalonia and exhume the bodies, so that they can be properly buried. Another historical claim is to invalidate those martial-courts applied to the victims of Franco’s dictatorship’s reprisal. A bill was handled to the Catalan Parliament asking to “assume its historic responsibility” and nullify the trails carried out during Francoism.

Global group of judges, lawyers to Duterte: Probe drug-related killings

Rappler, a daily from the Philippines, published yesterday that the International Commission of Jurists expressed concern over Philippines President Duterte’s statements ‘that appear to be encouraging extrajudicial killings’…

Daily World News Digest, 18 July 2016

TRC has over 52k cases to decide in 7 months

The Kathmandu Post, a daily from Nepal, reported today that  Nepal’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has received 52,545 cases of human rights abuses committed during the decade-long civil war, as the three-month deadline for cases registration ended on Sunday. Dozens of cases have been registered against top political leaders, including deposed king Gynendra Shah, Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal and senior officials of security agencies and others. The commission will have a seven-month period to deal with the cases, and establish the veracity of complaints, recommendation for action or to forward the cases to the courts, despite the budget and law amendment challenges.

Turkey “responsible” for unsolved missing persons issue

Sigmalive, a daily from Cyprus, published today that according to Photis Photiou, the Cypriot Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues…

Daily World News Digest, 15 July 2016

IOM highlights refugee drownings

Deutsche Welle reported yesterday that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) registered a total of 3,693 cases of persons killed or missing while trying to reach Europe since January 2016. IOM report followed decisions made by major aid organizations in order to establish a global database on refugee movements and to launch information campaigns to ensure that refugees better know the risks. At the meeting in Berlin on Tuesday, the EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos refered to misinformation spreaded to lure refugees into paying and smuggling, and added that it would be better if Europe organized legal routes for migration to Europe.

US ambassador nominee to press Malaysia on mass graves

Daily Mail, a daily from the UK, reported on Wednesday that Kamala Lakhdhir, the nominee for US ambassador to Malaysia, said she will press the Malaysian government for a full investigation into mass graves of…

Daily World News Digest, 14 July 2016

The search for a mass grave in downtown Prishtina begins

Prishtina Insight, a daily from Kosovo, reported on Wednesday that forensic experts began excavations on the University of Prishtina campus in search for a mass grave that is suspected to contain bodies of Albanians killed during the war in 1999. A month ago, head of the Forensic Department Arsim Gerxhaliu revealed in an interview for local television station that he received the information by one of the area’s inhabitants. About 1,650 people are listed as missing since the Kosovo-Serbia war in 1999.

Hundreds face torture and enforced disappearance in Egypt: Amnesty

Reuters carried out a story today about the Amnesty International newly published report on an unprecedented spike of enforced disappearances in Egypt. The report said enforced disappearances were aimed at silencing opponents and had spiked since the appointment of Interior Minister Magdi Abdel Ghaffar in early 2015, with an…

Daily World News Digest, 13 July 2016

Amnesty: Hundreds ‘disappeared’ by Egyptian forces

CNN reported today on the new report published by Amnesty International alleging human rights violations occurring in Egypt. According to Amnesty, hundreds have disappeared in year-long wave of brutal repression. The report also mentions the case of the Italian Giulio Regeni, the 28-year-old Cambridge University PhD student who was found in the outskirts of Cairo in February, with his body bearing signs of torture. Amnesty says that in the first five months of 2016 alone, a suspected 630 enforced disappearances have already been documented, which amounts to an average of four or five people each day since 2015.

Bangladesh: Police must establish fate and whereabouts of disappeared Dhaka attack hostage

Amnesty International called upon the Bangladeshi authorities on 12 July  to immediately establish the fate and whereabouts of a surviving hostage from the recent Dhaka terrorist attack who has been missing since taken by…

Daily World News Digest, 12 July 2016

Srebrenica Anniversary: Thousands Mark 21 Years Since Massacre

NBC News reports today that tens of thousands of people have gathered in Srebrenica to mark the 21st anniversary of Europe’s worst mass murder since the Holocaust and to attend the funeral of 127 newly-found victims. The constant denial of the nature of the crime by Serbia and the Bosnian Serbs is what hurts the families the most, NBC News reports. Last year, Serbia’s PM Aleksandar Vucic was chased away from the commemmoration and this year, victims’ families demanded that those who deny the genocide should not come. The president of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, told media on Monday that Serbs will never acknowledge the massacre as genocide. However, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, from Serbia Cedomir Jovanovic, who never avoided the word, was greeted by the victims’ family.

If bones could talk: Reassembling the remains of Srebrenica

The Balkanist,…