Yearly Archives: 2016

Daily World News Digest, 10 February 2016

Mass graves to be studied at new Sydney body farm

The Sydney Morning Herald reported today that Australian forensic scientists will simulate the mass war graves of Iraq, Syria and the Balkans at Australia’s new body farm, which began operating last week at a highly secure site west of Sydney. The site will be used by a range of experts to improve understanding of human decomposition.  Victorian scientists will also use the Sydney bush site to study the decomposition of co-mingled bodies in a mass grave, usually caused by political, religious or ethnic violence. The project’s co-director is Jon Sterenberg, a forensic archaeologist who was head of the ICMP excavation and examination division in Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

UN rights chief urges Sri Lanka government to locate missing civilians

The Jurist issued a news on 9 February saying that UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid…

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.

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.

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.

Foreign Minister: Mass graves in Burundi are a lie

Times Live,…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

Daily World News Digest, 29 January 2016

Dispute over official figures from “Dirty War” draws ire in Argentina

El País carried a story on 28 January saying that one the latest controversies in Argentina is the exact number of victims who actually disappeared during the military’s so-called “Dirty War.” “In Argentina, 30,000 people didn’t go missing. That figure was negotiated on a bargaining table,” said Dario Lopérfido, a close aide to Macri – the new conservative President. Lopérfido said that the figure is closer to 9,000. Estela de Carlotto, one of the directors of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo said she is upset by all the questioning. “We are still receiving complaints about grandchildren who were born in captivity because more people are willing to come forward and tell the truth”, she said.

24 die after Iraqi Kurdish refugees’ boat sinks off Greek Island

The New York Times reported on 28 January that at least…

Daily World News Digest, 28 January 2016

US notes missing in Sri Lanka at UNSC Arria meeting

Colombo Gazette, a daily from Sri Lanka, reported today that the US discussed the issue of missing persons in Sri Lanka during a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on the Global Challenge of Accounting for Missing Persons. The Permanent Representative of the US to the UN, Samantha Power, spoke about her visit to Sri Lanka and the missing persons issue. She said that in recent months, she had the opportunity to visit two countries afflicted by huge numbers of missing and disappeared: Sri Lanka and Mexico. She said that relatives of victims in both Mexico and Sri Lanka spoke of how disappearances upended virtually every aspect of their lives.

Impunity follows disappearances in Mexico, says Sister Consuelo at Arria meeting

Proceso, a magazine from Mexico, carried a story on 27 January saying that recently awarded human rights activist, Sister Consuelo…