Monthly Archives: February 2018

Daily World News Digest, 16 February 2018

Libya: armed groups in Misrata accused of enforced disappearance

Armed groups and civilian authorities in the Libyan coastal city of Misrata are preventing thousands of people from the town of Tawergha from returning to their homes after seven years of forced displacement, according to Human Rights Watch. Since 2011, armed groups from Misrata have been responsible for a range of abuses against Tawerghans, including shooting at camps of displaced Tawerghans, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, and torture.

Rights groups warn about extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

Rights groups have condemned Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer of a bounty of $500 for “killing communist rebels” as a “cheaper option” than launching a full-fledged war. President Duterte’s war on drugs has led to a spike in extrajudicial killings.

Extrajudicial killings in Pakistan

A cloth merchant in Karachi has claimed that police officers in civilian clothes picked up his two brothers from their residence…

Daily World News Digest, 15 February 2018

“Massive data gap” in refugee protection

UNICEF, UNHCR, IOM, Eurostat and the OECD have issued a call to action to tackle “gaps in data covering refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and internally displaced populations that are endangering the lives and wellbeing of millions of children on the move”. In 2016, more than 12 million children around the world were living as refugees or asylum seekers and there is recorded information on age for just 56 percent of the refugee population under UNHCR’s mandate. The need for better data collection and analysis is highlighted in the intergovernmental Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees currently being developed.

Libya: 23 killed as truck carrying migrants overturns

At least 23 people were killed and 124 injured when a truck carrying around 300 refugees and migrants, mostly from Eritrea and Somalia, overturned in northwestern Libya, according to local…

Daily World News Digest, 14 February 2018

ICMP: new laboratory in The Hague to resume processing cases from Western Balkans

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), which has completed the transition of its DNA laboratory to The Hague will start profiling cases from the Western Balkans next month, when the new laboratory system is fully functional. Last year, five mass graves were discovered in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A spokesperson for the Missing Persons Institute said exhumations will probably begin again in late March, weather permitting.

Nepal: call for reforms in transitional justice

The one-year extensions of Nepal’s two transitional justice mechanisms without necessary legal and institutional reforms ordered by the Supreme Court and recommended by the UN are insufficient to comply with international standards, Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists, and Human Rights Watch said in a statement issued on Tuesday. The three organizations warned that simply extending the terms of the Truth and Reconciliation…

Daily World News Digest, 13 February 2018

Protecting human rights at sea

An in-depth article published by the Maritime Executive examines the legal environment in which countries are struggling to address the issue of maritime migration, particularly in the Mediterranean. Among other things, the article notes that “lack of monitoring and reporting of human rights abuses mean that they go unpunished. If one kills a fisherman or a refugee in the middle of the ocean, no one will probably know about it, and therefore there is no way to either prevent the violation or to hold someone accountable for it.”

Migrant deaths increase along US-Mexico border

The number of migrants found dead along the US-Mexico border rose in 2017, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). While border apprehensions have decreased by 44 percent since US President Donald Trump’s inauguration, compared to the year before, the number of migrant deaths rose slightly during the same time…

Daily World News Digest, 12 February 2018

Missing persons’ families seek answers as Serbian President Vucic visits Croatia

As Aleksandar Vucic makes his first visit to Croatia as Serbia’s president, relatives of the remaining missing persons from the 1990s war are hoping he will bring information to help find their loved ones. Victims’ associations and families who are still seeking relatives who went missing during the conflict are hoping for a gesture from the Serbian President as he visits Zagreb on Monday.

Myanmar: members of security forces held over village killings

Action will be taken against members of Myanmar’s security forces in connection with the killing of captured Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, a government spokesman has said, adding that this is not related to a Reuters report on the incident. On 10 January, the military said the 10 Rohingya male victims were part of a group of 200 “terrorists” who had attacked security forces. The military’s…

ICMP Agreement Boosts Efforts To Identify Missing Persons in Sinjar Region

Duhok, 11 February: In an effort to assist in accounting for missing persons from Da’esh crimes, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Commission for Investigation and Gathering Evidence (CIGE), which has its headquarters in Duhok in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, today signed an agreement that will give CIGE access to ICMP’s Identification Data Management System (iDMS).

The iDMS is a global data system capability that ICMP provides to governments, families of the missing, technical experts and others. It has a set of powerful integrated applications that support the process of storing, processing and analyzing data on missing persons investigations, and identifications. As an estimated one million persons are missing from a variety of circumstances over the last 50 years of Iraq’s history, ICMP’s goal is to ensure access to the iDMS for all Iraqi institutions whose work is…

Daily World News Digest, 9 February 2018

Reconstruction of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar

Reuters has published an in-depth account of communal killings in the village of Inn Din in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in September last year. None of Inn Din’s 6,000 Rohingya remained in the village as of October. The Reuters reconstruction draws for the first time on interviews with Buddhist villagers who confessed to burning Rohingya homes, burying bodies and killing Muslims. This account also marks the first time soldiers and paramilitary police have been implicated by testimony from security personnel themselves. Members of the paramilitary police gave Reuters insider descriptions of the operation to drive out the Rohingya from Inn Din, confirming that the military played the lead role in the campaign.

EU calls for end to executions and enforced disappearance in Egypt

The European Parliament has condemned Egypt for its use of the death penalty and called for all planned executions to be halted pending a review of the…

Daily World News Digest, 8 February 2018

Highlighting the issue of missing persons in Syria

Credible estimates put the number of those who are missing as a result of the conflict in Syria at more than 200,000. A new movement led by widows, wives, and other female relatives of detainees, called Families for Freedom, has launched a tour of Europe to draw attention to the issue of those who have been abducted or detained incommunicado in Syria.

 Libya to send back bodies of identified Pakistani refugees

The bodies of 12 Pakistani refugees who drowned while trying to cross the Mediterranean will be sent back to Pakistan, according to Libyan officials. The bodies of 16 Pakistanis have been recovered after a boat carrying migrants capsized near the Libyan coast in the early hours of Friday. Eight bodies have been identified with the help of documents while four others were identified with the help of their friends.

Daily World News Digest, 7 February 2018

Extrajudicial killings in El Salvador

Police and soldiers in El Salvador may have committed extrajudicial killings and used excessive force in their battle against violent street gangs, Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said on Monday. She said this may not reflect state policy but rather the individual actions of members of the security forces. El Salvador had a homicide rate of 60 per 100,000 people in 2017, one of the highest in the world.

Syrian refugees follow a fatal route into Lebanon

Syrian refugees are dying as a result of severe weather conditions on the mountain route to safety in Lebanon. Those who reach Lebanon are often not accommodated in proper refugee camps, and live in informal tented settlements without adequate medical care.

Families of Da’esh members “forced into Iraq camps”

Iraqi forces have forcibly displaced more than 200 families of suspected Da’esh…

Croatia to Incorporate ICMP’s Data Systems Technologies for Missing Persons Cases

The Hague, 6 February 2018: The Republic of Croatia and the International Commission on Missing persons (ICMP) will work together to put the effort to account for 1,945 people missing from the Republic of Croatia during 1991-1995.

“The relevant authorities of the Republic of Croatia have cooperated with ICMP for almost two decades and, with new forensic and database technology now available, we believe that we can build on the activities we have already done together,” Assistant Minister Stjepan Sucic of the Ministry of Croatian Defenders said today during a visit to ICMP’s Headquarters in The Hague. “A major challenge is to ensure accurate information on missing persons and clandestine graves which is preconditioned by the necessary political support to the process of accounting of the missing and promotion of public awareness.”

During the visit, Assistant Minister Stjepan Sucic, together with Visnja Bilic, head of the Ministry of Croatian Defenders’ Department…