Monthly Archives: April 2018

Daily World News Digest, 30 April 2018

Europe’s missing refugee children

In January, the EU’s criminal intelligence agency Europol said at least 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees had vanished after arriving in Europe, at risk of falling prey to trafficking gangs. According to the European Commission, missing unaccompanied children are the responsibility of individual EU member states, but a February report by Missing Children Europe – an umbrella group of some 30 child protection groups – highlighted a “clear lack of ownership” in cases involving unaccompanied children.

The world’s deadliest migration route

One in every 14 people has died this year crossing the sea from Libya to Italy, now known as the world’s deadliest migration route, the International Organization for Migration says. Refugees still pay enormous sums of money for space on an unsafe vessel that may not withstand the journey, and nongovernmental organizations in patrol boats are among the few forms of protection for those being ferried…

Daily World News Digest, 27 April 2018

Five likely mass graves found in DRC

The UN says its investigators have discovered five probable mass grave sites in Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where an outbreak of ethnic violence has killed at least 263 people. Violence across the eastern DRC’s borderlands with Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi has spiked since President Joseph Kabila refused to step aside at the end of his mandate in 2016.

US: almost 1,500 migrant children went missing last year

US Federal officials lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children last year after a government agency placed the minors in the homes of adult sponsors in communities across the country, according to testimony before a Senate subcommittee Thursday. Since the dramatic surge of border crossings in 2013, the federal government has placed more than 180,000 unaccompanied minors with parents or other adult sponsors who are expected to care for the children…

Daily World News Digest, 26 April 2018

Mexico: army’s role in human rights abuses including extrajudicial killings

In the more than 11 years since Mexico sent tens of thousands of army and navy personnel into the streets to battle the drug cartels, the armed forces have faced repeated accusations of torture, illegal arrests and extrajudicial killings. Between 2012 and 2016, just 3 percent of investigations into crimes allegedly committed by soldiers resulted in convictions, according to an analysis by the think tank Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA).

Swedish archaeologists reveal bodies from 5th Century

Swedish archaeologists have found evidence of a 5th century massacre on the south-eastern island of Oland, second largest Swedish island. In a paper published in the journal Antiquity, the team writes about the 1,500-year-old attack and dozens of corpses that have been found in the walled fort where their bodies were left to decompose. Only three of more than 50 houses…

Daily World News Digest, 25 April 2018

Missing Mexican students killed by gang

Three Mexican film students who went missing in March in Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, were kidnapped, tortured and killed, and their bodies were dissolved in acid, authorities said on Monday. The students — Javier Salomón Aceves Gastélum, Daniel Díaz and Marco Ávalo — were last seen on 19 March; state prosecutors said criminals had confused them with members of a rival gang.

Nigeria: family sues police over extrajudicial killing

The father of a 30-year old Maritime Academy graduate who was allegedly killed in a village in Plateau State in Central Nigeria by officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad on 18 January, has sued the Inspector General of Police. The case, filed on Tuesday, is for the enforcement of the right to life and the dignity of the human person, in line with Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution.

Belgium: 600 unaccompanied minor migrants have…

Daily World News Digest, 24 April 2018

Rwanda: four mass graves of genocide victims discovered

Four mass graves holding genocide victims have been discovered in a village near the Rwandan capital of Kigali 24 years after the atrocities. So far, about 200 bodies have been recovered, according to officials.

UN report criticizes Bangladesh

The UN’s 2017 Human Rights Report on Bangladesh, published on 20 April, finds that the state “has failed to address the most significant issues”, including extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary or unlawful detentions and forced disappearances by security forces. Information Minister Hasanul Haq has described the report as “one-sided, unethical, baseless and fictitious”.

Ethiopia: “widespread extrajudicial killings”

The social fabric in Ethiopia “has been badly frayed with widespread extrajudicial killings and torture,” as a result of the government’s “war on terror”, according to an opinion piece published by TRTWorld.

Philippines: government fails to address extrajudicial killings

The latest international criticisms of President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug…

Daily World News Digest, 23 April 2018

The desperate search for Lebanon’s mass graves

A neighborhood in east Beirut is one of well over 100 locations scattered throughout Lebanon believed by researchers to be mass graves, a grim legacy of the 15-year war that left between 100,000 and 200,000 people dead and thousands more missing.

Spain to begin civil war exhumations at Valley of the Fallen

A team of structural engineers were to enter the basilica of the Valley of the Fallen, a mausoleum 40 miles outside Madrid, on Monday to search for the remains of four of the 34,000 civil war dead who have lain next to the body of Francisco Franco for more than half a century, unnamed but not forgotten.

Syria: 50 bodies of fighters and civilians recovered from Raqqa mass grave

Dozens of bodies, including those of fighters and civilians, have been found in a mass grave in the former Da’esh group stronghold…

Daily World News Digest, 20 April 2018

Spanish family win six-year battle to exhume Civil War victims

After a six-year battle, the family of two brothers executed by General Francisco Franco’s troops in 1936 will on Monday see work begin on exhuming their remains from the Valley of the Fallen, the controversial monument containing Franco’s tomb where at least 33,000 Civil War victims are also interred. Eduardo Ranz, lawyer for the Lapeñas and several other families, said the exhumation was a “historic precedent”.

EU urges Philippine government to end killings

The European Parliament on Thursday called on the Philippine government to stop extrajudicial killings carried out on the pretext of a “war on drugs” and expressed concern that police authorities are “falsifying evidence to justify extrajudicial killings”. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) also asked the Philippine government to stop attacks against those who expose allegations of extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations.


Daily World News Digest, 19 April 2018

Mediterranean countries to launch initiative to identify missing migrants

Four European Mediterranean countries are launching an initiative in June to identify thousands of migrants who died or went missing during the perilous sea crossing to the continent. Italy, Greece, Malta and Cyprus will gather on 11 June in Rome to discuss the plan, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) said on Wednesday.

Pakistan’s disappeared: the cost of the war against the Taliban

Thousands of demonstrators have gathered in Peshawar to raise awareness about the issued of enforced disappearance in Pakistan, is viewed by many as a legacy of the war against the Taliban. Since 2011, a government commission investigating enforced disappearances has dealt with more than 4,929 cases missing people. Rights groups say the figure is vastly under-reported.

Myanmar: soldiers jailed for massacre of Rohingya Muslims amnestied?

For about an hour on Wednesday, the website of Myanmar National Television…

Daily World News Digest, 18 April 2018

Mediterranean, refugees switch to Italy route

The EU-Turkey refugee agreement has reduced the number of refugees arriving via the Mediterranean in Greece, from nearly a million in 2015 to fewer than 30,000 in 2017, according to the International Organization for Migration. It says the death toll in the Aegean has also dropped, from 805 in 2015 to 434 in 2016 and 61 in 2017 to 19 in 2018 so far. Following the EU-Turkey agreement, refugees from sub-Saharan Africa largely shifted to the Italy route, which is now considered the deadliest in the Mediterranean.

Extrajudicial killings and deportation of refugees in Yemen

Yemeni government officials have tortured, raped, and executed migrants and asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa in a detention center in the southern port city of Aden, according to Human Rights Watch. It says guards at the migrant detention center have also sent hundreds out to sea in…

Daily World News Digest, 17 April 2018

Mexico: the mothers who search for mass graves

National Public Radio from the US has broadcast a half-hour documentary on the steps taken by mothers in Mexico to locate and identify their children, including the testimony of Lucy Díaz Genao, whose son disappeared in 2013 in the state of Veracruz. Genao and 150 other mothers of the Solecito group began excavating a barren field, where they found the largest mass grave in Mexican history.

Pakistan: former military ruler “handed over as many as 4,000” people to foreign countries

The former military ruler of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, secretly handed over as many as 4,000 Pakistanis to foreign countries, mainly to the US, Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances head Justice Javed Iqbal said on Monday. In a briefing to the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Human Rights, Justice Iqbal, who is also chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), said…