Monthly Archives: October 2016

Daily World News Digest, 17 October 2016

More children could go missing when Calais “Jungle” is closed

The Daily Telegraph reported on 15 October that up to 300 unaccompanied children from the Calais “Jungle” camp are expected to arrive for resettlement in Britain within days, according to officials. British and French officials have started registering unaccompanied minors eligible to join relatives in Britain before the camp’s imminent closure. The French government has promised that the sprawling shantytown will be demolished by the end of the year and migrants are already being bussed to reception centers elsewhere in France. Bulldozers could move in as early as 24 October. Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, estimates that about 300 of the estimated 1,200 children at the “Jungle” are eligible to be settled in Britain under European Union rules as they have family members already living in the country. Ms Longfield warned that last time a section of the…

Daily World News Digest, 14 October 2016

Philippines President signs order creating task force on media killings

The Manila Times reported yesterday that President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an administrative order creating a presidential task force that will address the killing of journalists, according to a statement from the Presidential Palace. Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the President signed on Tuesday Administrative Order (AO) No. 1 creating the presidential task force on violations of the right to life, liberty, and security of the members of the media. “The present Administration declares a matter of policy that all of these forms of political violence and abuses of powers, whether by agents or elements of the State or of non-State forces against the members of the so-called Fourth Estate, must stop, and towards this end, commits to establish a government-wide program of action where the whole system of the bureaucracy is involved in the efficient, coherent, and…

Daily World News Digest, 13 October 2016

Migrant children missing in Europe

The BBC reported yesterday on the large number of unaccompanied migrant children missing in Europe. Europol estimates that around 10,000 unaccompanied children have gone missing in Europe over the past two years. “There are different reasons arrive unaccompanied,” according to Delphine Moralis, secretary general of Missing Children Europe. “Some of them have been sent by their parents hoping that their child would have a better chance at life, some of these children have been separated from their parents by smugglers as a way of controlling them, and some would have lost their parents in the chaos.” In 2015, according to Missing Children Europe, 91% of the children who arrived in Europe on their own were boys, and 51% were from Afghanistan. But the profile of these unaccompanied children is changing. More girls are arriving in Europe on their own, and the age of the…

Daily World News Digest, 12 October 2016

Mexico to Start New Search for Ayotzinapa Students

Telesur reported yesterday that Mexico’s Attorney General Arely Gomez said Tuesday that another search for the missing students from Ayotzinapa will be launched next week in the towns of Iguala, Cocula and Guerrero, two years after they were reported disappeared during a clash with federal and local police. The investigation will involve foreign criminologists, representatives of their relatives and members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Authorities will use a special technology to obtain underground 3D images, in a bid to find possible mass graves. In a four-hour press conference, Gomez added that she will continue the investigation against her predecessor Tomas Zeron de Lucio, accused of having modified the crime scene.

Bone fragments found in Mexican Cartel killing field

Breitbart, an American news portal, carried a story yesterday on more than 3,800 human bone fragments recovered from a…

Daily World News Digest, 11 October 2016

Thousands of elderly people missing in China

The NDTV news portal from India reported on 9 October on the thousands of elderly people who go missing in China every year. A survey released on Sunday by the Zhongmin Social Assistance Institute and a leading news platform Toutiao said, 1,370 senior citizens are reported missing every day with an average age of 76. Women account for 58 percent of the total, it said. The survey noted that many of the missing suffer from mental illness, with 72 percent suffering from some form of memory impairment and 25 percent diagnosed with dementia, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. According to the survey, many cases are related to poverty and the inadequate care provided by family members as they migrate to large cities in search of higher wages. The survey calls for the establishment of a national network to record and find missing people,…

Daily World News Digest, 10 October 2016

Over 600 bodies recovered from mass grave in Mexico

Russia Today carried a story yesterday saying that remains of more than 600 bodies were unearthed from what may become Mexico’s largest mass grave found to date, according to local media. The grave was discovered near the city of Torreon, in a 16-hectare paddock, according to Notimundo news outlet, citing Grupo VIDA, an NGO representing the relatives of missing persons. The bones, teeth, clothing, and footwear of more than 600 victims were found lying in the site. The NGO’s representative, Silvia Ortiz, said the remains have been handed over to the authorities for further identification. Members of the Attorney-General’s office of Mexico and its forensics unit were involved in gathering the remains, as was the National Human Rights Commission.

Hurricane Matthew: Haiti victims buried in mass graves

ABC News, reports today that as the death toll from Hurricane Matthew in…

Daily World News Digest, 7 October 2016

Sri Lanka urged to make enforced disappearance a crime

The Colombo Gazette today carries a statement by Amnesty International noting that Sri Lankans are still waiting for the legislation that would make enforced disappearances a crime under Sri Lankan law. When Sri Lanka co-sponsored UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 in October 2015, among the commitments made were initiatives to account for enforced disappearances. “Sri Lanka has acknowledged that the Prevention of Terrorism Act (which contributed to enforced disappearances) does not meet international standards,” the statement says. “It issued directives designed to protect detainees but people continue to be detained under the Act. Lawmakers should repeal the Act and stop its use immediately.”

Committee on Enforced Disappearances considers Bosnia and Herzegovina report

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a statement on 5 October regarding the Committee on Enforced Disappearances, which concluded its consideration…

Daily World News Digest, 6 October 2016

121st Disappeared Grandson Found From Dictatorship in Argentina

Telesur reported on 5 October that the Argentinian human rights group Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo have announced that they have found another child stolen during the 1976-83 dictatorship. “We have 40 years of love to give you,” said Ramiro Menna to his newly found brother. “We want to hug you. We’re waiting for you.” The younger Menna didn’t want to be named yet and asked for time, so he can understand his new identity, according to his family. “We don’t want to reveal his identity if he doesn’t want to. I know he has two children and that he’s bald with a beard, like me,” said his older brother.  “The anxiety is immense, and we know that the road you have to walk is difficult. But the sooner the better,” Menna said. They are both sons of Ana María Lanzilotto…

Daily World News Digest, 5 October 2016

Mass grave from Spain’s Civil War and dictatorship found in Valladolid

The Mail Online reported on 3 October that a mass grave filled with the skeletons of men and women executed during Spain civil war and the ensuing dictatorship of Francisco Franco has been uncovered. Experts believe it is one of more than 2,000 across the country. Work has begun on forensic analysis that may identify the dead, after three unmarked pits containing 185 bodies were found in the central Spanish city of Valladolid. It is thought the city’s cemetery could contain up to 10 similar mass graves, with the victims among the estimated 100,000 who were forcibly disappeared during the 1936 and 1939 civil war, and Franco’s subsequent regime.

UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances to review Colombia report

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a statement on 3 October saying that…

Daily World News Digest, 4 October 2016

Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women

The Link, a newspaper from Quebec, publishes a story today about the Centre for Gender Advocacy highlighting injustices facing Canada’s indigenous women. For indigenous communities, police have been a source of danger, rather than a place of security, the article says. When women are murdered or missing, communities often receive little follow-up from the police. This is highlighted, the article says, by a high-profile investigation conducted by Radio-Canada’s Enquête in 2015, which found numerous reports of abuse by Sûreté du Québec officers toward Indigenous women. In January, the federal government said they would expand the inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women to include more than the slated 1,200 existing cases of abuse from the past 30 years. 

Kidnappings in Egypt

CajNewsAfrica reports today that a new wave of forced disappearances at the hands of the Egyptian Homeland Security, and a consequent…