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Daily World News Digest, 10 June 2015

UN should press human rights issues in Central Asia

Human Rights Watch issued a statement on 9 June saying that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Central Asia trip is a “key opportunity to mark UN concern at the highest level about the alarming state of human rights throughout the region and press for concrete improvements”. Human Rights Watch highlighted politically-motivated prosecutions and imprisonment of human rights and civic activists, restrictions on the operation of nongovernmental groups and the media, and impunity for torture. The problem of politically-motivated imprisonment is particularly acute in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, where numerous other individuals remain behind bars on baseless charges, HRW says. In Turkmenistan dozens of people, including former foreign minister Boris Shikhmuradov, have been forcibly disappeared, after their arrest and in most cases closed trials. The authorities have not allowed their families or anyone else any contact with them for more than a decade, nor…

Daily World News Digest, 9 June 2015

Macedonia probes migrant kidnap claims

BalkanInsight reported on 8 June that police are investigating media reports about the alleged large-scale kidnapping of illegal migrants from the Middle East by gangs who are said to be holding them for ransom. Police said they had launched a probe after Britain’s Channel 4 News broadcast a report about hundreds of migrants from countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen being held for ransom by gangs in at least one Macedonian village, alleging that local police have colluded with their captors. The Channel 4 News report said that migrants who were initially promised safe passage by rail through Macedonia are being pulled off the train in their hundreds by a gang near the town of Kumanovo, forced to walk two hours to the village of Vaksince and held and abused there in an overcrowded house until they pay a ransom. http://bit.ly/1HYkImR

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Daily World News Digest, 8 June 2015

Serbia and RS under Western pressure over Srebrenica

The b92 news portal carried a story by Vecernje Novosti on 4 June that Belgrade and Banja Luka are under pressure to send top political officials to the marking of the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre. According to the Belgrade-based Vecernje Novosti, this “behind the scenes foreign policy strike” is most felt by Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and by Milorad Dodik, president of the smaller of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s two Entities – “since influential Western circles wish to see precisely these two at the commemoration.” The current diplomatic “recommendations” could, allegedly, culminate on 9 July, two days before the Srebrenica gathering, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected in Belgrade and then in Sarajevo. http://bit.ly/1KcLrks

Issue of missing must be addressed in Kosovo

Fair Observer carried an interview on 7 June with EU Special Representative in Kosovo Samuel Zbogar, who noted…

Daily World News Digest, 5 June 2015

Children’s homes in Indian state briefed on child tracking system

The Hindu newspaper carries a story today about a training seminar on missing children, conducted by the district administration in the city of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu State, with the Department of Social Welfare and the District Child Protection Unit. The seminar on 5 June presented a missing children tracking system. All the 78 children’s homes in the district, which have around 4,000 residents, took part. The tracking network will have all details of an inmate such as estimated age, mother tongue, identification marks and physical features. The database will be collated at the national level so that those missing in other States can be tracked. Registering under this network is mandatory for children’s homes in India. http://bit.ly/1Ke8D1u

Croatia and Serbia agree on the figure of 1,606 missing

BalkanInsight reported on 4 June that the Croatian and Serbian commissions dealing with the…

Global Missing Persons Trends

ICMP’s Daily World News Digest  brings together news stories dealing with enforced disappearances and missing persons cases from around the world. It offers a snapshot of daily events and over a longer period it highlights key trends.

Southeast Asia

Throughout the month of May, dramatic reports from Southeast Asia highlighted the plight of migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar attempting to reach Malaysia and Indonesia. Tens of thousands have made the journey south, and large numbers have died en route, through drowning or at the hands of people traffickers often with the collusion of corrupt bureaucrats and police. Thousands of Bangladeshi migrants follow the route south and east in search of work. In 2014, the number of people leaving Myanmar and Bangladesh by boat is estimated to have climbed to around 53,000. Some 920 migrants are known to have perished in the Bay of Bengal between September 2014 and…

Daily World News Digest, 4 June 2016

7,000 died at the Nigerian military’s hands

Amnesty International issued a report on 3 June stating that since 2011 the Nigerian military has arrested at least 20,000 people in northeast Nigeria on suspicion of being Boko Haram members. More than 7,000 suspects died in military detention from torture, starvation, disease or were simply shot Amnesty says. In its report Amnesty International found that these acts amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Nigerian military has also executed more than 1,200 people. One of the most horrific mass extrajudicial executions by the military happened on 14 March 2014 in Maiduguri, Borno state. In the aftermath of a Boko Haram attack on the military detention facility at Giwa barracks during which the detainees were released, the military killed at least 640 men and boys, most of them recaptured detainees, the Amnesty report says. Amnesty released video evidence of the Nigerian…

Daily World News Digest, 3 June 2015

China: end denial about Tiananmen Massacre

Human Rights Watch issued a statement on 2 June calling on the Chinese government to acknowledge and take responsibility for the massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators in June 1989. Authorities should release activists jailed for commemorating the occasion along with all others imprisoned in China for the peaceful exercise of their political views, the statement said. On 3 and 4 June 1989, the Chinese military opened fire and killed an unknown number of peaceful protesters and bystanders in central Beijing. Following the killings, the government implemented a national crackdown and arrested thousands of people for “counter-revolution” and other criminal charges. The government has never accepted responsibility for the massacre or held any perpetrators legally accountable for the killings. http://bit.ly/1AMXTF8

China ship capsize: hopes fade of finding Yangtze survivors

The BBC reports today that hopes are fading of any more survivors being found inside a cruise ship…

Daily World News Digest, 2 June 2015

Over 6,400 killed in Ukraine, severe rights violations

The tenth report by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine said that while there are allegations against armed groups of torture, kidnapping and executions, on the government side there are allegations of arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, and executions, the Press Trust of India reports today. Over 6,400 people have been killed so far in Ukraine and despite a reduction in fighting there are alarming reports of severe violations of human rights, which, if confirmed would constitute war crimes, the UN today said. http://bit.ly/1FRRqYP

Kenya: Kenya official warns police about human rights violations

On 1 June the Allafrica news portal reported that Ahmed Abdullahi, the Governor of Wajir County in the northeast of Kenya, has instructed security agents to respect the rule of law amid the war against terrorism. He warned against police brutality after images of an alleged incident in Garissa,…

Daily World News Digest, 1 June 2015

Srebrenica Genocide ‘Part of Bosnian Identity’

BalkanInsight reported on 29 May on a conference on the 1995 Srebrenica Massacre, entitled “School of Knowledge: Srebrenica – Mapping Genocide and Post-Genocide Society”, which was held in Sarajevo on 28 May.  Suada Kapic, one of the founders of the FAMA Methodology association, which organized the conference, said that facing up to Srebrenica and past atrocities in the former Yugoslavia was a precondition for a better everyday life. “Through this event and through generating documents about the wars in the Yugoslav region, we want to show that the methodology of gathering facts is the only counter-poison to political manipulation of history, which is a dominant theme in the region,” she said. The School of Knowledge, she explained, seeks to transform education about genocide and war in order to develop a universal educational model, which would be used to share knowledge. This methodology, which detects…

Daily World News Digest, 29 May 2015

Myanmar rejects sole blame for Southeast Asian migration crisis

The BBC reports today on discussion at an ASEAN conference in Bangkok to address the Southeast Asian migration crisis. Thousands of people have fled Bangladesh and Myanmar by boat, heading south to Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. The UN estimates about 2,600 migrants are still stranded out at sea. The crisis began earlier this year when Thailand cracked down on overland migrant routes, forcing people smugglers to use sea routes instead. Myanmar’s foreign ministry chief Htin Lynn said his country would co-operate in dealing with human trafficking, but he added that on “this issue of illegal migration of boat people, you cannot single out my country. Finger-pointing will not serve any purpose.” Thai Foreign Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn said “the root causes that motivated these people to leave must also be addressed.” Friday’s talks include representatives from 17 countries affected by “irregular migration…