Yearly Archives: 2016

Daily World News Digest, 11 January 2016

Thousands protest in Hong Kong over missing publishers

Reuters reported on 10 January that thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in a reprise of anti-China protests of over a year ago, demanding to know the whereabouts of five missing people linked to a local publisher of books critical of Beijing’s leadership. Other publishers and book vendors are unnerved by the mysterious disappearances. In three bookstores selling political books visited by Reuters, owners declined to be interviewed, citing the fear of mainland anger. The Hong Kong government said in a statement it was “firmly committed to protecting the freedom of expression and freedom of publication”.

Yemen: Arbitrarily held by the Houthis

Human Rights Watch issued a news on 10 January saying that Houthi authorities in Yemen have arbitrarily detained and forcibly disappeared dozens of people in the capital, Sanaa. The Houthi authorities should safeguard the…

Daily World News Digest, 8 January 2016

UN pressures Thai government on 82 disappeared

Bangkok Post reported today that Foreign Ministry spokesman, Sek Wannamethee, said the government has been active in dealing with enforced disappearances. Mr Sek’s comments came after the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday urged the government to step up efforts to investigate the whereabouts of 82 people listed as missing, including respected lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit who went missing nearly 12 years ago while defending people arrested under martial law in the restive South. Mr Zeid also called on the government to criminalize enforced disappearance in its legislation, in line with international standards.

The EU has called for an investigation into the missing Hong Kong booksellers

Time Magazine reported today that the EU is calling for an investigation into the recent disappearance of five individuals connected to a Hong Kong-based publisher of books critical of China. Two of…