Monthly Archives: March 2018

Daily World News Digest, 7 March 2018

Human remains found in Irish home still not identified

An opinion piece in the Irish Examiner notes that on the first anniversary of the government’s announcement that human remains had been discovered in a disused sewage tank on the grounds of a Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, in the west of Ireland, no action has been taken to recover and identify the remains. “Despite the outpouring of public grief and anger, the significant number of baby’s remains, ranging in age from 35 foetal weeks to 3 years, still lie in a rat-infested sewage tank,” the paper says.

Remains of two persons found along US-Mexico border

Skeletal remains of at least two people have been discovered in a clandestine grave along the Texas-Mexico border. Investigators with the Chihuahua state prosecutor’s office recovered the remains on 2 March in Ciudad Juarez. In January, search dogs led authorities to the grisly discovery…

Daily World News Digest, 6 March 2018

Nepal families of the missing demand protection of evidence

The National Network of Families of Disappeared and Missing in Nepal, an organization of families of the victims of enforced disappearances, has threatened to launch protests to pressure the government into formulating necessary laws to criminalize conflict-era torture and enforced disappearances. The organization has expressed serious concerns over the transfer of 414 complaints relating to enforced disappearances to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by the Commission of Inquiry into Enforced Disappearances. It has also demanded security for the families of the victims as well as protection of vital evidence of the conflict-era cases.

More than 400 Mediterranean migrant killed in first two months of 2018

The International Organization for Migration says that the number of irregular migrants trying to reach Europe by sea has fallen significantly compared to 2017 – 10,243 in the first two months of this year compared to 17,438 in…

Daily World News Digest, 5 March 2018

El Salvador: killings of teenage girls on the rise

The World Health Organization reports that since 2000 the homicide rate for young women in El Salvador has increased sharply, as criminal gangs target girls for sexual violence or coerced relationships. The country has the world’s highest homicide rate for people under the age of 19. In 2016, 540 Salvadoran minors were murdered. The rate of violent death for women is the third-highest in the world. Only a small number of perpetrators ever face justice. Between 2013 and November 2016, the Salvadoran government opened 662 femicide cases, but only 5 percent reached a conviction.

Femicide in Mexico

Two Mexican artists have created an Instagram project, No estamos todas (@noestamostodas “We are not all here”) dedicated to raising awareness about femicide in Mexico with original illustrations of victims. The two organizers are women in their early 20s who wish to remain anonymous…

Accounting for Missing Persons Is Key to Stability and Recovery in Iraq

Baghdad, 4 March 2018: Despite the enormous challenges to a sustained and effective missing persons process in Iraq, the authorities, working with families of the missing, have the capacity to make substantial progress in accounting for those who have disappeared as a result of decades of conflict and human rights abuse, ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger said today.

Ms Bomberger was speaking during a meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Dr Ibrahim al-Jaafari at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad.

The Director-General, together with the Head of ICMP’s Iraq Program, Lena Larsson, briefed the minister on ways in which ICMP can help the Iraqi authorities coordinate the effort to account for the missing and cooperate constructively with families of the missing.

“The task is enormous,” Ms Bomberger said. “The numbers of missing persons are enormous. But it is very important to stress two things. The…

Daily World News Digest, 2 March 2018

Sri Lanka launches Office of Missing Persons

Sri Lanka has appointed seven commissioners to the Office of Missing Persons, which was officially launched on Wednesday by President Maithripala Sirisena. Parliament agreed two years ago to set up the OMP as a first step in accounting for an estimated 20,000 people who went missing during 37 years of fighting. The OMP has the power to recommend compensation and clear the way for next of kin to take legal action against those responsible for the disappearance of their loved ones.

Nepal prepares changes to transitional justice legislation

Nepal’s Office of the Attorney General has begun preparations for the adoption of legislation to enhance the effectiveness of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP). The Supreme Court has stipulated that there should be no amnesty for grave human rights violations such as extrajudicial killing,…

Daily World News Digest, 1 March 2018

Enforced disappearance in Hyderabad, Pakistan

A judge in Hyderabad, in Pakistan’s Sindh Province, has instructed the Province’s Senior Superintendent of Police to produce missing journalist Kamran Sahitow, alleged to have been apprehended by police officers from his home on 6 February. The Hyderabad police originally claimed that there was no record of Kamran Sahitow being arrested, but subsequently acknowledge that he had been taken into custody.

Kenya: the woman who identifies bodies

Against the backdrop of a crackdown by police in Kenya on anyone suspected of joining the terror group al Shabab, Salma Hemed of Haki Africa, a human rights organization based in Mombasa, describes efforts to identify human remains of the victims of extrajudicial killings by police officers.

Mali: investigation into extrajudicial killings by army

Mali’s government has said it is investigating accusations by an opposition party that the army kidnapped and executed seven civilians during a religious celebration…