Posts Categorized: Daily Digest

Daily World News Digest, 16 March 2015

Student forcibly disappeared in town south of Cairo

Daily News Egypt reported on 15 March that a high school student has been forcibly disappeared in Fayoum, southwest of Cairo. Abdallah Mohamed Aly, 17, was arrested at his home on 6 March, according to his lawyer, who said there have been weekly cases of disapearances in Fayoum since the beginning of the year. His family have submitted reports to the Prosecutor General and local police stations in Fayoum, but so far no trace of him has been found. , Daily News Egypt said. Mahmoud Hassan told the paper there have been weekly cases of enforced disappearances in Fayoum since the beginning of 2015. A nine-year-old child is to be tried by a Fayoum military court after allegedly attacking security forces and burning electricity transformers, relatives and a legal support group told Daily News Egypt. The Ministry of Interior reported on Saturday…

Daily World News Digest, 13 March 2015

Memorial Forest in memory of Srebrenica Victims

The news portal reported on 12 March that the community of Gorazde in easter Bosnia and Herzegovina will pay tribute to the victims of genocide in Srebrenica by planting a Memorial Forest with 8,372 trees to mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre. The aim is to create a permanent memorial. The landscaped complex will cover 4.3 hectares. Work will formally begin on 19 March at 10:15 pm, when the first trees will be planted.

EU seeks solutions to Mediterranean crisis

The BBC reported on 12 March on the expected surge in illegal migration across the Mediterranean as spring improves the weather prospects for the crossing. The report refers to “Men, women and children screaming, praying and, appallingly, many dying, in clapped out old boats,” and notes that “Waves and waves” of migrants will be sent across the Mediterranean “by smugglers, who…

Daily World News Digest, 12 March 2015

Reports of UN Srebrenica Declaration Divide Bosnia

BalkanInsight reported on 11 March that representatives of different communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina have taken opposing stances on a reported plan to mark the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre by declaring 11 July an annual remembrance day for more than 7,000 men and boys killed by Bosnian Serb forces in 1995. Bosnian media report a draft UN General Assembly resolution as calling for the international day of remembrance to be marked with “special observances and activities in memory of victims of the Srebrenica genocide.” The Dutch embassy in Sarajevo, although noting that the Netherlands was not the UN member that had initiated the resolution, expressed regret that some politicians in Bosnia have immediately reacted to the possibility of a UN resolution with negative comments, “including genocide denial and divisive rhetoric,” adding that “The facts of the genocide in Srebrenica have been…

Daily World News Digest, 11 March 2015

Market for abducted children in China

BBC News reports today that an illegal market in children has developed in China, in which babies are being openly sold online. The Chinese government provides no figures, but the US State Department has estimated that 20,000 children are abducted annually, or 400 a week, the BBC reported. Chinese state media have suggested the true figure could even be 200,000 per year, though the police reject this higher estimate. A baby boy can sell for up to $16,000, according to the report, double the price for a girl.

Missing Indonesians “have not joined IS”

The Jakarta Post reported on 10 March that Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said he does not believe that 16 Indonesian citizens reported missing in Turkey last month have joined Islamic State (IS). The Vice President urged government authorities to seek complete information on the whereabouts of the 16…

Daily World News Digest, 10 March 2015

UN presses North Korea to account for abductions

The New York Times reported on 9 March that Marzuki Darusman, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, has called for sustained international action to pressure North Korea into accounting for hundreds of foreign citizens it is believed to have abducted over several decades. In a report released on Monday, Darusman urged “sustained and resolute action” by the international community aimed at “shedding light on all cases of abductions” and returning those still alive to their countries of origin. His report, on strategies for resolving those cases, is to be presented next week to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Croatia puts member of “Scorpions” paramilitary unit on trial

BalkanInsight reported on 9 March that a member of the “Scorpions” paramilitary unit has gone on trial in Osijek in Croatia, accused of helping to execute six Bosniaks…

Daily World News Digest, 9 March 2015

Malaysia Airlines admits battery lapse on Flight 370

The Wall Street Journal reports that Malaysia Airlines today admitted that an expired battery on a locator beacon on Flight 370 had not been replaced, a lapse revealed in an interim report into the disappearance of the Boeing 777. The report, prepared by a team of 19 investigators from Malaysia and seven other nations including the US, Australia and China, said that the battery on the beacon had expired in December 2012 and no record was available to show that it was replaced. Flight 370 vanished from radar in the small hours of 8 March 2014, less than an hour into its flight to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

Indian state gets its first DNA profiling unit

The New Indian Express reported on 8 March that the Chief Minister of the eastern state of Odisha on Saturday inaugurated the state’s first DNA profiling…

Daily World News Digest, 6 March 2015

Pakistan bans Baloch activist from US trip

The BBC reported on 5 March that Pakistani authorities have stopped a rights activist from the Balochistan region from travelling to a conference in the US. Abdul Qadeer Baloch and two other activists were prevented from boarding a flight at Karachi Airport because he is on an “exit-control” list. The 73-year-old campaigns for people whose family members have disappeared in the region’s overlapping conflicts.

Lawyer working on missing persons cases shot in Karachi

The Samaa news portal reported on 5 March that a lawyer working on missing persons cases was shot and killed in Karachi on Wednesday. Ali Hasnain Bukhari, an advocate and a member of the Legal Aid Committee of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, a major political party in Sindh Province, was shot by two men who escaped by motorbike. Bukhari was said to be working on missing persons cases related to…

Daily World News Digest, 5 March 2015

Families of missing persons in Sri Lanka continue protests

The TamilNet news portal reported on 4 March on continuing protests in Sri Lanka over the fate of those who went missing during the 30-year conflict. Family members calling for an international investigation protested on Wednesday in front of government offices in Jaffna, following reports that the UN has acceded to the expressed wish of the government in Colombo to continue with a domestic rather than an international investigation into war crimes and missing persons in Sri Lanka.

Yazidi survivors struggle to identify loved ones found in mass graves

The Breitbart news portal reported on 4 March on the aftermath of the assault by Islamic State, IS, on the Yazidi population in Syria and Iraq during the summer of 2014. After airstrikes forced IS to retreat, Yazidi survivors slowly began making their way home. Mass graves were discovered in Pirdya with…

Daily World News Digest, 4 March 2015

Belgrade indicts five for war crime in Bosnia and Herzegovina

BalkanInsight reported on 3 March that the Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor’s Office has indicted five former Bosnian Serb fighters for killing 20 passengers who were abducted from a train in Strpci in Bosnia 22 years ago. The prosecutor’s office on Tuesday issued indictments against Gojko Lukic, Ljubisa Vasiljevic, Dusko Vasiljevic, Jovan Lipovac and Dragana Djekic, all former members of the Bosnian Serb armed forces, for their involvement in the abduction and killing of the civilian victims on 27 February 1993. The bodies have never been found.

New Attorney General in Mexico

Venezuela’s TeleSur network reported on 3 March that former Mexican senator, Arely Gomez Gonzalez was formally sworn in as Attorney General (PGR) on Tuesday and has promised to give priority to high profile cases such as that of the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students. “The Ayotzinapa case is actually a…

Daily World News Digest, 3 March 2015

Cambodia: Report documents government’s ongoing failure to implement ICCPR

The International Federation of Human Rights Associations (FIDH) said in a statement issued on 3 March that the Cambodian government has failed to comply with its fundamental civil and political rights obligations. The UN Human Rights Committee will examine Cambodia’s second periodic report on implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, at a session in Geneva on 17-18 March. Among other things, FIDH argues that the Cambodian government has frequently used provisions of the 2010 Criminal Code, such as defamation, insult, or incitement, to harass, threaten, and arbitrarily detain human rights defenders, activists, and opposition politicians. It says trafficking of men and women for labor, mostly to Thailand and Malaysia, also remains a serious issue of concern.

Australia: Press Laos to respect rights

Human Rights Watch issued a statement on 2 March calling on Australia to use its…