Posts Categorized: Daily Digest

Daily World News Digest, 23 March 2015

Release of child soldiers in South Sudan

UNICEF reported on 21 March that up to 250 child soldiers including four girls, one as young as nine, have been released in South Sudan from an armed group, the Cobra Faction. Another 400 are being released over the next two days. The release happened in the remote village of Lekuangole, in Jonglei State. It is the third release of children following a peace deal between the faction and the Government. The Government’s National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (NDDRC) and UNICEF are working together to care for the children and reintegrate them in their communities. The Cobra Faction have advised UNICEF that they have up to 3,000 child soldiers in their armed group. UNICEF Representative in South Sudan, Jonathan Veitch said this release takes the number of child soldiers demobilized to 1,314. “While we welcome freedom for the children, we are also…

Daily World News Digest, 20 March 2015

9/11 victim identified through DNA 13 years on

ITV News reports today that a man who died in the 9/11 attacks in New York has been formally identified more than 13 years after the event. New York City’s Chief Medical Examiner’s Office (OCME) announced today that they have identified through DNA 26-year-old Matthew David Yarnell from New Jersey. Yarnell, an assistant vice president for technology at Fiduciary Trust International, was in the South Tower, the second building to be struck by a plane on 11 September 2001. His remains were among those recovered in the original search for remains in 2001 and 2002, but were not identified until additional DNA testing. The identification brings the total number of positively identified victims in the attack to 1,640 out of 2,753 people reported missing. Almost 40 percent of the victims remain unidentified.

Missing persons issue “a scar on Pakistan democracy”

The Pakistan…

Daily World News Digest, 19 March 2015

#Every90Seconds: Significant facts about missing kids

The WUSA9 News portal reports today that in the United States a child goes missing approximately once every 90 seconds, adding that, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, nearly 800,000 children are reported missing in a year; approximately 10% of those children are classified as non-family abductions; the most prevalent type of reported missing children in the US are runaway or abandoned children; and one in six endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in 2014 were likely sex trafficking victims.

Thailand urged to investigate alleged torture in military custody

Human Rights Watch issued a statement on 18 March calling on the authorities in Thailand to investigate the alleged torture of suspects held incommunicado in military custody. Four suspects in a grenade attack on the Bangkok criminal court alleged that they were tortured while being held…

Daily World News Digest, 18 March 2015

Serbia arrests seven over 1995 Srebrenica massacre

The BBC reports today that Serbian police have arrested seven men accused of taking part in the murder of more than 1,000 Muslims at a warehouse on the outskirts of Srebrenica. The seven are among the first to be arrested by Serbia for carrying out the Srebrenica massacre in July 1995, Serbian and Bosnian prosecutors say. Serbia has previously detained individuals not directly involved in the killings. In 2011 it handed Ratko Mladic over to the Hague Tribunal.

Enforced disappearances reported in Cairo

The website of Alkarama, an activist organization, reported on 17 March that on Thursday 12 March the organization sent an urgent appeal to the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances (WGEID) regarding the disappearances of Ibrahim Ahmed Shaker, aged 20, Serag Eldin Ali Awad Abdel Mawla, 17, Metwally Abou Al Majd Suleiman Mohamed, 45 and his son Hisham Metwally Abou…

Daily World News Digest, 17 March 2015

Women Often Forgotten in Cases of Forced Disappearance

On 16 March the AllAfrica news portal covered the release of “The Disappeared and Invisible: Revealing the Enduring Impact of Enforced Disappearances on Women,” a report by the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). The ICTJ notes that while women are a minority of those who are forcibly disappeared, they represent “the majority of family members who suffer exacerbated social, economic, and psychological disadvantages as a result of the loss of a male family member who is often a breadwinner.” Surveying 31 countries – mostly in Africa and Central and South America – the ICTJ report states that in addition to torture and ill treatment, women who are illegally detained are often subject to gender-based violence including sexual violence and separation from their children.

China detained nearly 1,000 activists last year: report

The China Post reports today that Chinese authorities detained nearly…

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…