Monthly Archives: April 2018

Daily World News Digest, 16 April 2018

Iraq: 1,000 bodies buried in Mosul mass grave

Authorities in Mosul in northern Iraq have buried more than 1,000 bodies in a mass grave in a desert valley outside the city, most of them believed to be members of Da’esh, according to a provincial official. More remains are being dug out of the rubble of the district where Da’esh made its final stand last year.

Rwanda: more than 150 genocide victims buried

Thousands of mourners gathered on Sunday at Ruhanga in western Rwanda to accord a decent burial to 157 Genocide victims recovered recently. “It was always a challenge that our people could not get a decent burial” said Gerard Mudahemuka, whose parents and relatives were victims. He commended the government and other partners for continuing efforts to encourage members of the public to reveal the whereabouts of victims so that they can be laid to rest.


Daily World News Digest, 13 April 2018

India: “Manipur victim families, activists harassed”

Police in India’s Manipur state have threatened and harassed activists, lawyers, and families pursuing justice for alleged unlawful killings by government security forces, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. It noted that in July 2017, India’s Supreme Court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to examine 98 killings by police, army, and paramilitary forces in response to a petition filed by victim families and nongovernmental groups in Manipur. HRW called on the Manipur authorities and police to “cease the harassment” of activists, lawyers, and families pursuing justice   and fully cooperate with the ongoing investigations ordered by the Supreme Court.

Ireland: DNA experts can identify Tuam babies

Hundreds of babies buried in a mass grave in a former religious-run mother and babies’ home in Tuam, Ireland can be identified because of major advances in DNA testing, according to the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of…

Daily World News Digest, 12 April 2018

Nepal government committed to “robust” truth-seeking mechanism

Nepal’s Attorney-General, Agni Kharel, says the government has accorded top priority to meeting Supreme Court stipulations regarding sentencing for extra judicial killing, enforced disappearance, torture and rape and other cases of sexual violence. “We’ll try our best to make the truth-seeking mechanism robust,” he said, adding that other important issues, such as use of child soldiers, would be carefully looked into through the amendment of the legislation that governs the two transitional justice mechanisms — the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons.

Iraq: mass grave at the Khasfa sinkhole outside Mosul

The Daily Beast has published an article on the Khasfa sinkhole outside Mosul in Iraq, where thousands of victims of Da’esh are buried in a mass grave. The article notes that “bereaved families have received little help from the government since they were liberated in…

Daily World News Digest, 11 April 2018

Iraq seeks ICMP assistance on missing refugees

Iraq has no record of refugees missing inside the country, and is seeking foreign assistance in this regard, Migration Minister Jassem al-Jaff said on Tuesday. He said nearly five million Iraqis have been displaced inside and outside Iraq and that Iraq can benefit from the help of the International Commission on Missing Persons to assist displaced families who have lost relatives.

Seven Myanmar soldiers sentenced for massacre

Seven Myanmar soldiers have been sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday for “contributing and participating in the murder” of 10 Rohingya Muslim men last year. The Myanmar military admitted to the killings in January, marking the first time that the government has accepted responsibility for mass killing of Rohingya.

More than 500 migrants die in Mediterranean so far this year

The International Organization for Migration has recorded 876 migrant deaths and disappearances worldwide so…

Daily World News Digest, 10 April 2018

Human Rights Watch: Egypt must end enforced disappearances

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi should prioritize reforms to end serious human rights violations during his second term, Human Rights Watch said today. Since al-Sisi took power in 2013, the authorities have reconstituted and expanded the repressive instruments that defined the pre-2011 uprising era, HRW says, noting that “Enforced disappearances, mistreatment in prisons, widespread torture, and probable extrajudicial killings notably increased after March 2015.”

Ethnicity and human identification

The student website Folia profiles the work of Professor Amade M’charek of the University of Amsterdam, who is studying the role of ethnicity in identifying missing migrants in the Mediterranean region. Among other things, Professor M’charek has launched an initiative to help the authorities in the Tunisian town of Zarzis in their efforts to give unidentified migrants a decent burial. (Article in Dutch)

Iraq: mass grave found west of Mosul

Iraqi security forces…

Daily World News Digest, 9 April 2018

Olympic Committee urged not to ignore North Korean rights violations

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is reported to have phoned Thomas Bach, the President of the International Olympic Committee, asking that he “bear in mind the feelings of the Japanese people,” following a three-day visit by Mr Bach to North Korea during which he had talks with Kim Jong Un. Tokyo has consistently called on Pyongyang to provide details on as many as 100 Japanese nationals, who were abducted by North Korean agents to train future generations of spies. The North in 2002 admitted abducting 13 Japanese, permitted five to return to Japan and claimed the rest had died of illness or in accidents. North Korean media highlighted the cordial tone of the meeting between Mr Bach and Mr Kim.

ICMP continues to assist Bosnia and Herzegovina

Completing its transition to the Netherlands, the International Commission on Missing Persons’ (ICMP)…

Daily World News Digest, 6 April 2018

Kenya: police officer jailed for 15 Years for extrajudicial killing

A Kenyan court has sentenced a police officer to 15 years in prison after he was found guilty of killing a man in 2013 he suspected of stealing a mobile phone. Kenyan police face frequent accusations of brutality and extrajudicial killings, but officers are rarely charged and almost never convicted. The sentence, which Musila’s lawyer Cliff Ombeta told Reuters he would appeal, marks only the second time a policeman has been convicted and jailed as the result of an independent police watchdog investigation.

Pakistan: growing protests against extrajudicial killings

Farhatullah Babar, a member of the Pakistan People’s Party, said on Thursday that protests in Pakistan are becoming louder against “extrajudicial killings, mysterious disappearances of citizens with impunity and internment centers in tribal areas”. He urged the authorities to publish the report of the 2012 visit to Pakistan of the UN…

Daily World News Digest, 5 April 2018

Between 250,000 and one million missing in Iraq

After decades of conflict, culminating in Da’esh’s three-year occupation of northern Iraq, the country has one of the highest numbers of missing people and unidentified bodies anywhere. Even before Da’esh’s killing spree, the International Commission on Missing Persons puts the number of missing at anywhere between 250,000 and a million – the grim legacy of multiple wars and violent repression under dictator Saddam Hussein

Myanmar judge to rule on journalists who reported extrajudicial killings

A Myanmar judge said on Wednesday he would decide next week on whether to throw out a case against two Reuters journalists who were arrested while reporting on military abuses against Rohingya Muslims. At the time of their arrest four months ago the reporters were investigating the extrajudicial killings by security forces and ethnic Rakhine locals of 10 unarmed Rohingya Muslim men and since then they have been…

Daily World News Digest, 4 April 2018

Bolivia: former president found guilty of extrajudicial killings

In a landmark decision today, a federal jury in the US found former President of Bolivia Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and his minister of defense, José Carlos Sánchez Berzaín, responsible for extrajudicial killings carried out by the Bolivian military in September and October 2003. The decision comes after a ten-year legal battle spearheaded by family members of eight people killed in what is known in Bolivia as the “Gas War”.

Yemen: five migrants drown, 50 missing

At least five migrants drowned and 50 went missing on Thursday when smugglers forced 180 Africans off a boat bound for Yemen, a day after a similar incident left 50 dead, the International Organization for Migration said. A total of 25 people were being treated for injuries on a Yemeni beach on the Red Sea, the IOM said.

Pakistan: no breakthrough in extrajudicial killing…

Daily World News Digest, 3 April 2018

Extrajudicial killings in Brazil

In 2016, Brazilian civilian and military police forces killed 4,224 people and in comparison to similar data from 2015, Brazil saw a 26-percent increase in police-related civilian deaths, the Human Rights Brief website of American University Washington College of Law reports, highlighting the issue of extrajudicial killings.

Iraq: more bodies found in Tikrit mass grave

Iraqi authorities say they have found the remains of another 158 people in a mass grave outside the city of Tikrit, where it is believed that Da’esh massacred hundreds of captured soldiers when it occupied the area in the summer of 2014. Iraq’s forensic department said Monday it has identified a total of 1,153 bodies from the grave.

Bodies of 38 Indians killed in Iraq arrive back in India

A special plane carrying the bodies of 38 Indian construction workers killed by the Da’esh in Iraq in the summer of 2014,…