Migrants and refugees in Libya abandoned in war zone
One month after the fighting began, refugees in Tripoli, Libya say they feel completely abandoned by both the EU and the UN, according to firsthand accounts given to The National. An estimated 8,000 men, women and children were being held in Tripoli detention centers run by the Libyan Department for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM) before the fighting broke out on August 26. Due to evacuation of United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) staff, the organization cannot assist migrants and refugees that are still trapped in the city. http://bit.ly/2xJI7gx
New UN panel to prepare indictments over Myanmar atrocities
The UN Human Rights Council voted Thursday to set up a panel to prepare criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar, amid allegations of genocide against the Rohingya minority, Inquirer reports. The panel will be responsible for preparing “files in order to facilitate and expedite fair…
Human Rights Watch: Iraqis forcibly disappeared in counterterrorism operations
Human Rights Watch has documented 78 cases of enforced disappearances in Iraq carried out by pro-government forces, Al Jazeera reports. In a report published on Thursday, the rights group said 74, mostly Sunni Arab men and four boys, had disappeared between April 2014 and October 2017, often in the context of counterterrorism operations. In the same report, HRW urged Iraqi authorities to establish an independent commission of inquiry. http://bit.ly/2xFSbY4
Nigeria: Wives and mothers of detainees looking for whereabouts of their loved ones
Voice of America brings stories of mothers and wives of detainees in Nigeria which have created a network to seek accountability for the whereabouts of their loved ones. Amnesty International has documented thousands of cases of forced disappearances where people are held in secret detention facilities across the country without charge or trial. http://bit.ly/2NGWrR0
Angola: Human Rights Watch calls President…
Exhibition by a Colombian artist on Victims of War
In an interview with the Times, Colombian artist Doris Salcedo talked about her new exhibition in London, which remembers victims of war. For more than 30 years, Ms Salcedo has responded to the experience of conflict with dramatic installations. Ten years ago, she created the Plegaria Muda, which addresses forced disappearances, it is made up of tables with upturned tables on top, with a layer of soil between them. While researching the art work, Salcedo visited mass graves in Colombia with grieving mothers in search of their missing sons. https://bit.ly/2xFa758
UN Fact-Finding Mission reports on Myanmar’s Humanitarian Crisis at the Human Rights Council
The chair of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, Marzuki Darusman, delivered a speech at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, on releasing the final report on the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar. The report accused the armed forces…
HRW: Arbitrary Detention, Torture, Enforced Disappearance Go Unpunished in Yemen
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today in a report addressing the issue of Houthi Hostage-Taking in Yemen that since late 2014, when Houthi forces occupied the capital, Sanaa, and much of Yemen, HRW has documented dozens of cases of the Houthis and forces loyal to the late President Ali Abdullah Saleh carrying out arbitrary and abusive detention, as well as forced disappearances and torture. HRW is calling on Houthi officials to stop taking hostages, free everyone arbitrarily detained, end torture and enforced disappearances. https://bit.ly/2PYxTQ6
Private Rescue Ship on Mediterranean Migrant Route Loses Its Registration
The independent reported today that the registration for a search and rescue ship that has been rescuing migrants on route between Libya…
Challenges with transitional justice in Sri Lanka
The government of Sri Lanka had fallen far short on crucial transitional justice efforts drawing from the commitments made in an October 2015, Human Rights Watch reports. The government had promised the United Nations Human Rights Council that it would create four separate justice mechanisms and carry out security sector reforms, land returns, and reconciliation measures. The Office of Missing Persons (OMP) was established earlier this year, and the commissioners, have published an interim report. However, families of victims of enforced disappearances have been holding street-side vigils for well over a year. http://bit.ly/2PXjaoD
Mexico: Children’s remains found in mass grave
Mexican authorities have found remains of children along with adults at a mass grave site in Veracruz state, the Washington Times reports. 174 bodies have been found last week and the National Commission of Missing Persons posted online hundreds of pictures of clothing to…
The Hague, 23 September 2018 – The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) welcomed visitors today at its headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands, as part of the Hague International Open Day.
Director of Policy and Cooperation Andreas Kleiser, Director of Science and Technology Thomas Parsons, and Director of Data Systems and Coordination Adnan Rizvic briefed visitors on the development of ICMP’s international role since it was founded in 1996, and in particular since 2015 when it became a treaty-based organization and since 2016 when it moved its headquarters to The Hague.
The ICMP Agreement, signed by the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Belgium and Luxembourg in December 2014, mandates ICMP to secure the co-operation of governments and other authorities in locating persons missing as a result of armed conflicts, human rights abuses, natural and man-made disasters and other involuntary reasons and to assist them in doing so. ICMP supports the…
Amnesty International accuses Venezuela of extrajudicial killings
In a report released by Voice of America on Thursday, Amnesty International said the number of killings in the Venezuela in recent years was “greater than those in many countries at war”. The report informed that there were 8,292 extrajudicial executions carried out between 2015 and 2017, highlighting the violence perpetrated by security officials during anti-crime operations in poor neighborhoods. “State officials, adopting military methods, use force in an abusive and excessive manner, in some cases intentionally killing during security operations,” Amnesty stated. http://bit.ly/2PSMEE8
U.N. chief urges Myanmar government to free Reuters journalists
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Thursday on the Myanmar government to pardon and release two imprisoned Reuters journalists as soon as possible, Reuters reported. The reporters have been investigating the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys by security forces and local Buddhists and were convicted on September 3…
Rwanda: Over 18,000 victims exhumed from mass graves in Kigali
Remains of 18,331 genocide victims have been exhumed from 41 mass graves from two sectors in the City of Kigali, the New Times reports. According to Ibuka, the umbrella organization of Genocide survivors, the excavations started in April and most of mass graves were found beneath houses in residential neighborhoods. http://bit.ly/2MQD2rL
UN: Systematic involuntary disappearances continue in Egypt
Egypt’s security forces continue to carry out “systematic forced disappearances” against rights activists and many citizens, the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) announced, Middle East Monitor reports. WGEID also noted that the Egyptian authorities have not cooperated with the UN on resolving the issue. http://bit.ly/2xoeTnu
Human Rights Watch calls Turkmenistan to end practice of enforced disappearances
Human Rights Watch has welcomed Turkmenistan’s acceptance of many of the recommendations made during its Universal Periodic Review. However, rights group warns…
The Hague, 19 September 2018: The Government of Chile has ratified the Agreement on the Status and Functions of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP).
The Agreement recognizes ICMP as an international organization tasked with assisting countries in their efforts to address missing persons cases from conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, migration and other causes.
By ratifying the Agreement, Chile joins Cyprus, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Serbia, Sweden and the United Kingdom, which have already done so.
ICMP has worked with the authorities in Chile for many years, helping relevant institutions to address the missing persons cases, including those who went missing under the Pinochet dictatorship. ICMP looks forward to working with the Chilean authorities and with Chilean civil society to address cases from the period of the dictatorship that have not yet been resolved, as well as other cases.
The Agreement does not create new international obligations for signatory States,…
International Criminal Court opens preliminary probe into Rohingya expulsions
The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced that she is launching a preliminary investigation into deportations of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar into Bangladesh, Voice of America reports. Less than two weeks ago judges at the court gave Bensouda authorization to investigate the deportations despite Myanmar not being a member state of the court. http://bit.ly/2QGgEnZ
Civil society organizations in Yemen appeal to the United Nations
Arab News carries a story about civil society organizations in Yemen sending an appeal to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to increase the level of support to the National Commission of Inquiry in Human Rights Violations in this country. http://bit.ly/2PPRpyp
Mexico struggling to store unclaimed remains
Local officials of Tlaquepaque in Mexico have discovered a makeshift morgue during a routine inspection. A refrigerated truck with 150 unclaimed bodies had…