Monthly Archives: January 2017

Daily World News Digest, 11 January 2017

Sri Lanka urged to adopt transitional justice proposals

Human Rights Watch publishes an article today calling on Sir Lanka to implement recommendations on transitional justice proposed by the Consultation Task Force (CTF). Key among the task force’s recommendations is the creation of a war crimes court comprising international and national judges, with no time limit on its jurisdiction. The Consultation Task Force was formally appointed in February 2016, and began receiving submissions in April 2016 on the proposed mechanisms outlined in Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1, in which the government promised to deliver justice, accountability, and reconciliation in the aftermath of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war.

Another activist goes missing from Islamabad

The Express Tribune reports today that Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has told the Senate that the government is making concerted efforts to recover missing human rights activists. Reports of the disappearance of another rights activist surfaced…

Daily World News Digest, 10 January 2017

Missing in Michigan: Families continue their search for loved ones

WXYZ 7 Action News, a news agency from the city of Detroit in the US, reported yesterday that according to Michigan State Police, there are more than 4,000 people missing in Michigan. Roughly half are women. “It’s a huge issue,” says Mary Cross, who runs “Missing in Michigan”, a group that supports families of Michigan’s missing persons. She provides them with resources and helps spread the word about their missing loved one.

Activists agitate against ‘enforced disappearance’ of bloggers

The News International, a newspaper from Pakistan, publishes an article today on the recent disappearance of social media activists. It says activists gathered outside the Karachi Press Club on Monday demanding that the authorities take immediate steps to find the missing activists and to secure the constitutional and democratic right to freedom of expression in the country. Dr Salman Haider, Ahmad Waqass…

Daily World News Digest, 9 January 2017

Four Pakistani human rights activists reported missing

IndiaToday reports today that four Pakistani social media activists have gone missing. Waqas Goraya and Asim Saeed disappeared on 4 January; poet Salman Haider vanished on 6 January and Ahmed Raza Naseer went missing on 7 January, a cyber security NGO and relatives told Agence France Presse. The Pakistan interior ministry has said it will investigate the disappearance of Haider, a blogger known for his outspoken views on enforced disappearances in the southwestern province of Balochistan. It made no reference to the others.

Activists seek information about missing prisoner in Iran

IranFocus reported on 7 January that an organization called the Canadian Friends of a Democratic Iran has written to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein asking for assistance in seeking information about Ali Moezzi, a supporter of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, who went missing in prison on…