Posts Categorized: Daily Digest

Daily World News Digest, 14 December 2018

Brazil: victims of dictatorship still waiting for justice

Human Rights Watch marks the 50th anniversary of the imposition of martial law in Brazil by highlighting the effort to account for victims of the dictatorship, including identifications of human remains found in clandestine graves, carried out with the assistance of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). In 2014, Brazil’s National Truth Commission identified 377 state agents, close to 200 of them still alive, as responsible for hundreds of cases of torture, killings, and enforced disappearances.

Human remains of children found in Sri Lanka mass grave

Investigators in Sri Lanka have found the skeletal remains of 21 children as well as signs of possible torture of the dead in the biggest mass grave in the country’s former civil war zone, Mannar, the Independent newspaper from the UK reports. So far, 276 skeletons have been exhumed, but the excavation, which started in…

Daily World News Digest, 13 December 2018

Pakistan: “There is no room for enforced disappearances in a democracy”

Noting that “there is no room for enforced disappearance in a democracy”, Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari has proposed amendments to a draft law on missing persons, the Tribune newspaper reports. Dr Mazari said a series of meetings with “all stakeholders” including Balochistan leader Akhtar Mengal, is underway.

Syria: Hundreds of bodies found

According to the official Sana news agency, seven mass graves containing hundreds of unidentified bodies have been unearthed near the former Da’esh group stronghold of Albu Kamal in eastern Syria, the BBC reports. There were several women among the dead, and more than 100 bodies have been recovered so far.

Philippines urged to ratify UN Convention on Enforced Disappearances

Philippine’s opposition Senator Leila de Lima says President Rodrigo Duterte must ratify the UN Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance in order…

Daily World News Digest, 12 December 2018

Mexico: mass graves documented

The Washington Post has published the work of two journalists who have compiled a comprehensive dossier on enforced disappearance in Mexico, including an interactive map showing the mass-grave sites that have been discovered throughout the country since 2006, a phenomenon associated with the war on drugs

Mali: new law on post-conflict reconciliation criticized

Amnesty International has urged the Malian authorities not to adopt the post-conflict National Understanding Act in its current form. The Act specifies that amnesties will not be given to people convicted of “war crimes, crimes against humanity, rape and other imprescriptible crime,” but does not prevent amnesties for other crimes under international law such as torture and enforced disappearances, Amnesty says.

Extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

The Philippines Commission on Human Rights has warned that President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs will lead to a “killing field” if it continues, Aljazeera

Daily World News Digest, 11 December 2018

Accounting for the Missing Is an Investment in Peace

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, Die Tageszeitung in Berlin has published an op-ed by International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) Director-General Kathryne Bomberger focusing on the crucial role of accounting for the missing as part of a future peace settlement in Syria. The article appeared in conjunction with a Profiles of the Missing event organized by ICMP in Berlin on Monday with the support of the European Union. (original article in German)

Enforced disappearances in Balochistan

On Human Rights Day, activists held a series of activities in Europe, the US and Canada to highlight the issue of enforced disappearances in Balochistan, the Business Standard reports.

Kenya: NGOs urge action on enforced disappearances

On Human Rights Day, organizations in Kenya, including the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) and Amnesty International-Kenya, highlighted the issue of extra-judicial killings and…

Daily World News Digest, 10 December 2018

Nuevo Leon: CADHAC project supported by ICMP

The Director of Citizens in Support of Human Rights (CADHAC), Consuelo Morales, has announced the launch of a new initiative to account for missing persons in the state of Nuevo Leon in northern Mexico, Posta news portal from Latin America reports. The initiative, which is being supported by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), will build on work that has been done by ICMP and CADHAC together since 2014 to document missing persons cases.

More than 500 bodies exhumed in Syria

More than 500 human remains have been exhumed at a mass grave believed to contain the bodies of civilians and Da’esh militants, in Raqqa, Syria, VOA News reports. Local experts said about 1,500 more bodies were thought to have been buried at the Panorama mass grave, named after a nearby roundabout. Rights groups are calling for the preservation of bodies and…

Daily World News Digest, 7 December 2018

Mexico: families of the missing search for mass graves

CBS News reports on the efforts of families of the missing who are members of an organization called Colectivo Familias Unidas por Nayarit (Collective of Families United for Nayarit), a civil society organization working in the state of Nayarit on Mexico’s Pacific coast. The article notes that the 2014 disappearance of 43 students in the state of Guerrero “caused a surge in search collectives across the country,” with families taking the initiative to account for missing relatives in the absence of greater coordination at state and national level.

MSF ship Aquarius ends migrant rescue in Mediterranean

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says it has been forced to end migrant rescue operations in the Mediterranean carried out by the vessel Aquarius, the BBC reports. MSF blamed “sustained attacks on search and rescue by European states”. The Aquarius began operations in 2015 and came…

Daily World News Digest, 6 December 2018

Egypt: suspects listed in case of murdered Italian student

The lawyer for the family of Giulio Regeni, the Italian doctoral student murdered in Egypt in 2016, says she has a list of 20 additional suspects, The Guardian reports. Regeni disappeared on 25 January 2016, and his body was found on an outlying Cairo desert road on 4 February that year. Earlier this week Roman prosecutors formally placed under investigation five members of Egypt’s National Security Agency. They were the first Egyptians to be named by the Italians in connection with the case after almost three years.

Philippines: Only 76 deaths investigated related to drug war

From July 2016 to August 2018, the Philippines Department of Justice investigated only 76 murder cases nationwide related to the drug war, excluding numbers from Manila, Quezon City, and Taguig, where statistics are still being compiled, the the Rappler news portal reports, noting that this has…

Daily World News Digest, 5 December 2018

Accounting for the missing in the Western Balkans from Bosnia and Herzegovina reports on the first meeting of the Missing Persons Group that will promote the effort to account for those who are still missing in the Western Balkans, in line with the Framework Plan that was signed in November in The Hague under the auspices of the International Commission on Missing Persons. (original article in BCS)

Mexico: new probe into disappearance of students

Mexico’s new President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has formed a new truth commission to investigate the disappearance of 43 students, at the same time promising an end to impunity, Al Jazeera reports. The students disappeared in the town of Iguala while on their way to a protest in September 2014.

UN team to begin Da’esh investigation in Iraq

A UN team authorized over a year ago to investigate the massacre of the Yezidi minority and…

Daily World News Digest, 4 December 2018

ICMP identifies missing persons from the Brazilian dictatorship

In September 2018, the Perus Working Group (PWG), which was established in 2014 to identify bodies interred in a clandestine mass grave in Sao Paulo, Brazil, sent a second shipment of samples of human remains from a common grave in the Perus cemetery for identification to the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), the BBC reports. The result of the first wave were announced in February of this year. Another shipment is scheduled for the second half of December, totaling more than 500 samples. (original article in Portuguese)

Transitional justice in Nepal

Although the terms of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) expire on 9 February, the government of Nepal has not yet decided on whether to extend their respective terms or to restructure them, The Kathmandu Post reports. The…

Daily World News Digest, 3 December 2018

Rome urges Cairo to act on disappearance of Italian student

The Italian Foreign Ministry has warned Egypt that Italy will “consider escalation” unless judicial proceedings against a list of Egyptian security officials suspected of involvement in the 2016 torture and murder of Italian PhD student Giulio Regeni take place before the end of this year, an Egyptian official has told the Mada Masr news portal in Egypt. Regeni, a PhD candidate who was researching independent trade unions in Egypt, disappeared from a metro station on January 25, 2016. His body was found several days later, bearing marks of severe torture, on the side of a highway on the outskirts of the city.

Pakistan: missing persons strategy

Dawn newspaper reports that Pakistan’s prime minister, army chief and judiciary are exploring ways of addressing the issue of missing persons, according to President Arif Alvi. The Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances says…