Posts Categorized: Daily Digest

Daily World News Digest, 26 August 2015

Migrant deaths in the Mediterranean reach 2,373 in 2015

The International Organization for Migration reports today that deaths of all migrants and refugees attempting to reach Europe by sea in 2015 now total 2,373. The death toll recorded on the same date in 2014 was 2,081. Over the last 365 days, IOM has recorded 3,573 migrants who died attempting to reach Italy, Greece and Spain by sea – an average of nearly ten deaths per day. Four more people were reported lost at sea in the area – three of them believed to be Iraqi men in their late teens, and the fourth a Turkish national, who may have been working as a smuggler. IOM is concerned that as summer turns to autumn and then winter, additional deaths at sea could well surpass 2,000 through the final third of this year. http://bit.ly/1LzPU2V

Indian Supreme Court calls for action plan on…

Daily World News Digest, 25 August 2015

Sri Lanka arrests army personnel over missing Journalist

Sri Lanka Brief, a news portal from Sri Lanka, reported today that Sri Lanka’s police arrested four army personnel, including two senior officers on Monday, in connection with the disappearance of a dissident cartoonist that triggered international condemnation of the island’s rights record. Two lieutenant colonels, a sergeant and a corporal were arrested following the testimony given by three other suspects already in custody over the abduction of Prageeth Eknaligoda in 2010, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. Eknaligoda, who contributed to the pro-opposition Lankaenews.com website, did not return home after work in January 2010, two days before the island’s presidential election which was won by Mahinda Rajapakse. The cartoonist was never seen again and his case was raised at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva as well as several others where former strongman Rajapakse’s rights record was severely criticized. Leaked police…

Daily World News Digest, 24 August 2015

UN chief arrives in Nigeria to mark bombing, abducted girls

The Daily Mail reported on 23 August that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Nigeria on Sunday to commemorate the Boko Haram bombing of his organization’s headquarters and focus new attention on 219 schoolgirls held by the extremists. Ban will meet with Nigeria’s new president, Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, amid plans to launch a long-delayed regional offensive against the West African country’s Islamic insurgents. A UN statement said the leaders will discuss ways to counter violent extremism as well as human rights and climate change. Ban is also scheduled to meet the Bring Back Our Girls group, which is demanding government action to free the 219 abducted schoolgirls, who have been held now for nearly 500 days, according to the group. http://dailym.ai/1Jfgnip

Migrants crisis: More than 4,000 people rescued near Libya coast

The BBC reported on 23 August 23 that about…

Daily World News Digest, 20 August 2015

Stymied at English Channel, migrants with money turn to smugglers

Wall Street Journal reported on 19th August that a site which has been set up on the shores of the English Channel ,for migrants who are passing through, is no longer under the control of authorities.  The site, which offers running water, heat and electricity, has recently fallen into the hands of smugglers who use luxury vehicles to sneak migrants past border patrols in the nearby port city of Calais. As French authorities crack down in Calais—long a way station for people trying to sneak through the Channel Tunnel or onto ferries to the U.K.—thousands of more well-heeled migrants are turning to smuggling rings that promise a safer passage. http://on.wsj.com/1J6CMwd

Mexico missing

Latin American Herald Tribune: In late July, Amnesty International said “Mexico’s federal Attorney General’s office has admitted that 60 mass graves with the remains of at least 129 people…

Daily World News Digest, 19 August 2015

European Union border agency: number of migrants entering EU hits new monthly record in July

AP reported on 18th August that the European Union’s border agency Frontex says the number of migrants entering the EU hit another record in July, with mostly Syrians and Afghans entering Greece from Turkey. Frontex says 107,500 migrants were detected at EU borders in July — the third consecutive monthly record and the first time monthly entries have surpassed the 100,000 mark. Nearly 340,000 migrants were spotted at EU borders up to July, compared to 280,000 for all of last year.  http://fxn.ws/1Pltos8

Boko Haram crisis

BBC carried a story on 19th August that reports in Nigeria say as many as 60 people may have been killed after a raid on a village in the north-east by suspected Boko Haram militants. Some of the villagers who died are said to have drowned while fleeing gunmen. Eyewitnesses told…

Daily World News Digest, 18 August 2015

Amnesty International says all warring parties in Yemen may be guilty of war crimes

AP reported on 18th August that Amnesty International’s report  accuses both the Saudi-led coalition carrying out airstrikes in Yemen and the forces on the ground, supporting or opposing the Shiite rebels known as Houthis for leaving a “trail of civilian death and destruction” in the conflict, killing scores of innocent people in what could amount to war crimes. “Civilians in southern Yemen have found themselves trapped in a deadly crossfire between Houthi loyalists and anti-Houthi groups on the ground, while facing the persistent threat of coalition airstrikes from the sky. All the parties to this conflict have displayed a ruthless and wanton disregard for the safety of civilians,” said Donatella Rovera, Amnesty’s senior crisis response adviser. http://bit.ly/1TPIRST

IOM monitors migration flows on Haiti-Dominican border

Dominican Today carried a story on 16th August that IOM is continuing to…

Daily World News Digest, 17 August 2015

 

Migrants die off Libyan coast

The IOM carried a story on 16th August from the International Famagusta Gazette, reporting that least 40 migrants died off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean sea on Saturday in a fishing boat in which they were travelling before they reached the European shore, the Italian navy said. As many as 312 migrants, including three minors and 45 women, were rescued when found on an overcrowded fishing ship some 21 miles off Libya. But dozens were recovered dead in the hold, likely after inhaling the exhaust gas on the boat. http://bit.ly/1Jm3vu1

Europe’s migration wave

Associated Press reported on 14th that a passenger ferry that can hold 2,500 people has reached the Greek holiday island of Kos to provide temporary accommodation and act as a screening center for crowds of Syrian refugees sleeping rough after crossing from Turkey in flimsy boats. At the same time in…

Daily World News Digest, 14 August 2015

The unjust legacy of Egypt’s darkest day

The Newsweek, weekly from the United States, reported on 13 August that list of people arrested and detained incommunicado for prolonged periods, under conditions of enforced disappearances is growing in the two years since Egypt’s former president Mohammed Morsi was ousted from power by the military. More than 22,000 people have been detained since July 2013. At least 124 have died in detention, either after torture and other forms of ill-treatment, or because of the very poor detention conditions and lack of access to medical care in prison. http://bit.ly/1EqVlcq

No honors for North Korea’s leader

Human Rights Watch reported on 13 August that the international community has condemned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for presiding over one of the most brutal and repressive governments in the world. In February 2014, a United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in North Korea reported…

Daily World News Digest, 13 August 2015

Egypt: two new enforced disappearances in June and July 2015

AllAfrica issued a press release on 12 August saying that the practice of enforced disappearances and torture in secret detention in Egypt can amount to crimes against humanity when they are perpetrated on a widespread and systematic scale according to the Rome Statute. According to Alkarama’s figures, at least 1,189 individuals have been abducted by governmental forces since the beginning of 2015, confirming a worrying escalation of this practice in the country and substantiating the fact that the Egyptian authorities are currently perpetrating international crimes. http://bit.ly/1Jehx0H

The disappeared: Sri Lanka’s missing persons

Channel News Asia reports today that enforced disappearances are a serious issue in Sri Lanka. The island nation had the second largest number of non-clarified cases of disappearances in the world after Iraq, based on the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances report in 1999. “Although a considerable…

Daily World News Digest, 12 August 2015

US State Department report: Children forced to join Maoist ranks in Chhattisgarh to act as couriers

The Times of India reported on 11 August that the US State Department report states that children as young as six are forcibly ejected from their families and launched by terrorist groups like Maoists to act as spies and couriers, plant improvised explosive devices and fight against government. This is prevalent in states of Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Odisha. While India is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking, 90% of India’s trafficking problem covers Dalits and tribals from excluded groups, the US State department report says. “Children drop out in Class 7 and 8 and are not seen after that. These children are found missing when we go for a survey in villages. Either they are whisked away to…