Posts Categorized: Daily Digest

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.

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.

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…

Daily World News Digest, 28 May 2015

Malaysia investigates police over links to mass graves

The BBC reports today that Malaysia is investigating 12 policemen suspected of involvement in human-trafficking camps found in the remote north of the country. Four of them had been arrested during various police investigations since early last year, said Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. Authorities said 139 graves had been found on the border with Thailand. The route is used by people-smugglers bringing migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh into Malaysia. The migrants are mainly Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar or economic migrants from Bangladesh.

Enforced disappearances remain major problem in Asia

UCA News from the Philippines reports today on the issue of enforced disappearances.  “Asia has the most number of cases of enforced disappearances around the world,” said Mary Aileen Bacalso, secretary general of the Asian Federation against Involuntary Disappearance (AFAD), on the occasion of this year’s observance of…

Daily World News Digest, 27 May 2015

EU to announce migrant quota plan details

The BBC reports today that the European Commission is to announce details of its controversial plans to relocate tens of thousands of migrants who have reached southern Europe from Africa and the Middle East. It is being reported that 40,000 asylum seekers would be spread across the EU countries through a quota system. The British government says that it will opt out of the relocation plans. The idea of using quotas to resettle those who have made it to Europe has caused controversy in some EU states. France, Spain, Hungary, Slovakia and Estonia have all voiced concerns. The quota plan is in addition to moves announced earlier this month by the EU for a voluntary scheme to settle 20,000 people fleeing conflict who are currently living outside the EU. More than 1,800 migrants have died in the Mediterranean in 2015 – a 20-fold…

Daily World News Digest, 26 May 2015

Serbia told to send Seselj to The Hague

Balkan Insight reports today that two months after its initial decision to revoke war crimes defendant Seselj’s temporary release for cancer treatment, the appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has asked the Serbian Justice Ministry to send him back to the UN detention center in the Netherlands. The Justice Ministry said on Tuesday that it received the request on Monday evening, and will now send it to the government, which will then “take a stance in relation to that”. Seselj is on trial for wartime crimes in Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia but returned to Belgrade after being granted temporary release on humanitarian grounds in November. He is being recalled to custody for breaching the terms of his release after he stated several times that he would not return to the court for the verdict in his trial….

Daily World News Digest, 25 May 2015

Malaysian police find 139 suspected migrant graves

The BBC reports today that Malaysian police say 139 suspected migrant grave sites have been found in 28 people-trafficking camps along the Thai border. National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said some of the graves, found since 11 May, may contain more than one body. They are close to an area of Thailand where trafficking camps and dozens of shallow graves were found this month. Thailand subsequently cracked down on the routes used by traffickers to move migrants through its territory. The operation forced traffickers to move the migrants by sea instead. But thousands were left stranded after the traffickers abandoned them and no country would take them in. The traffickers have been using the jungles of southern Thailand and northern Malaysia for years to smuggle people into Malaysia. Most of the migrants are Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar, rights groups say,…