Monthly Archives: February 2018

Daily World News Digest, 6 February 2018

Nepal: new law on enforced disappearance

Nepal’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the government to draft a law criminalizing conflict-era torture and enforced disappearance. Unveiling an 11-point recommendation on Monday, NHRC Chairman Anup Raj Sharma urged the authorities to amend the Enforced Disappearances Enquiry, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act taking into consideration the Supreme Court’s ruling to criminalize torture and disappearance and remove the statute of limitations for registering conflict-era cases. “If the laws are not amended to ensure justice within the country, the conflict-era victims will be forced to seek justice from beyond the borders,” he said.

UNHCHR: Rohingya abuses could spark regional conflict

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, speaking in Jakarta on Monday, has warned that possible acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority could fuel a conflict that spreads beyond the country’s borders. His remarks follow the publication of…

Daily World News Digest, 5 February 2018

More migrants feared drowned off Libyan coast

Ninety migrants are feared drowned after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Most of those who drowned were said to be Pakistani nationals, with Libyans also aboard. So far in 2018, there have been 6,624 irregular maritime arrivals to Europe, compared to 5,983 in the same period of 2017.

Myanmar denies report of new mass graves in Rakhine

The authorities in Myanmar have denied an Associated Press report of mass graves in Rakhine state. The Myanmar government’s Information Committee, part of the office of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said a team had visited the village where AP recently reported that mass graves had been discovered “and found out that it is not true”. The statement said that 19 “terrorists” had been killed when they attacked security forces in the village in late…

Daily World News Digest, 2 February 2018

Pattern of human rights violations in Myanmar

Yanghee Lee, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said on Thursday that recent reports of attacks against civilians, homes, places of worship and villagers; sexual violence; arbitrary arrests; and torture and enforced disappearances in Myanmar follow a pattern established over generations. “While reports from Rakhine state have rightly provoked international outrage; for many in Myanmar, they have elicited a tragic sense of déjà vu,” she said, adding that the civilian Government is “persisting with repressive practices of the past.”

“Migrants are more profitable than drugs”

More than 80 percent of women brought to Europe from Nigeria are unknowingly “sponsored” by sex traffickers who have paid for their journey, according to the International Organization for Migration. The rest will have paid the smugglers to get them to Europe, but once they get there, will be unlikely to escape the sex-trafficking rings. An…

Daily World News Digest, 1 February 2018

Extra-Judicial Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Bangladesh

An article in Just security examines the issue of impunity in Bangladesh. On 23 March 2010, Bangladesh ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, making it the first South Asian State to do so. “Despite its commendable ratification, Bangladesh has failed to adopt legislation incorporating the crimes into domestic law. It has also failed to investigate credible allegations of the involvement of its own State Security Services in close to 1,300 extra-judicial killings, more than 400 enforced disappearances, the arbitrary arrest and detention of several thousand political opponents, and the systematic practice of torturing detainees” the article says.

Sri Lanka PM Wickremesinghe: legislation on disappearances to be implemented

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, said on Wednesday that legislation to address the issue of enforced disappearances will soon be enforced. “The government has already got the Enforced Disappearance Bill approved and…