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Daily World News Digest, 23 April 2015

Mediterranean migrants crisis: EU to hold emergency summit

The BBC reports today that EU leaders are due to hold an emergency summit on ways to stem the number of people risking the perilous journey across the Mediterranean. Draft proposals for the meeting include offering 5,000 places for resettlement for migrants “qualifying for protection” under a pilot project.

People trafficking: More police needed to tackle gangs

The BBC reports today that more border police are needed to tackle “highly sophisticated” trafficking gangs targeting the UK, a think tank has warned. A report from the Centre for Social Justice claims the gangs are several steps ahead of the authorities. BBC News has visited one Slovakian village where homes are alleged to have been built with trafficking profits. The government said recent legal changes would make it harder for people to be exploited in the UK.

Amnesty International to end refugee and…

Daily World News Digest, 22 April 2015

Central African Republic: Muslims held captive, raped

Human Rights Watch reports today that at least 42 Muslim Peuhl herders, mostly women and girls, are being held captive by Anti-balaka fighters in the Central African Republic and are at risk of sexual violence. There are reports that many others may also be held. United Nations peacekeepers and the government should act urgently to free them. Members of one family interviewed by Human Rights Watch on April 13, 2015, described the horrors they endured during 14 months of captivity in Pondo, a village in the southwest. The Anti-balaka killed two boys, ages about 6 and 7, and raped three young women and girls, one of whom became ill and died in captivity. Her year-old baby died of malnutrition. The surviving family members were rescued on April 4th and 5th.

Mediterranean migrants: Details emerge of deadly capsize

The BBC reported on 21st April…

Daily World News Digest, 21 April 2015

Captain of capsized Mediterranean migrants boat charged

The BBC reports today that the Tunisian captain of a boat that capsized off Libya on Sunday, killing hundreds of migrants, has been charged with reckless multiple homicide, Italian officials say. He has also been charged along with a member of the crew with facilitating illegal immigration. The two were among 27 survivors who arrived in Sicily late on Monday. The charges come after the EU set out a package of measures to try to ease the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. Search-and-rescue operations will be stepped up, and there will be a campaign to destroy traffickers’ boats. A homicide investigation has been opened into the disaster. After speaking to the survivors, the UN refugee agency said that about 800 people had died in Sunday’s sinking, including children aged between 10 and 12.

Saving lives in the Mediterranean must be Europe’s priority


Daily World News Digest, 20 April 2015

Mediterranean migrant deaths: EU faces renewed pressure

The BBC reports today that Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has led calls for more European Union action on sea migration after the latest deadly capsize of a boat in the Mediterranean. Demanding a summit on the issue, Mr Renzi said trafficking was “a plague in our continent” and bemoaned the lack of European solidarity. The 20m (70ft) long boat was believed to be carrying up to 700 migrants, and only 28 survivors have been rescued. Up to 1,500 migrants are now feared to have drowned this year alone. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the latest sinking could amount to the largest loss of life during a migrant crossing to Europe. Mr Renzi singled out Libya as the key problem, saying it was the starting point for about 90% of the migrants reaching Italy by sea. He said more rescue…

Daily World News Digest, 17 April 2015

Bosnian Serb leader pays ‘historic’ visit to Srebrenica

Balkan Insight reports today on the visit to Srebrenica by Milorad Dodik, the president of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska. On Thursday Dodik paid tribute to the victims of the 1995 massacres by Serb forces during an unusually reconciliatory visit, the report says.RS Dodik laid flowers at the memorial center. “It is true that a crime happened here and I am sorry for all the victims, but the fact is that this event is also being politicized a lot,” he told local media. “The very act of him coming into the memorial center, laying flowers and paying respect to the victims says enough about his behavior, both official and individual,” Srebrenica Mayor Camil Durakovic told media. “For me, this is a historic act, a positive visit which will significantly ease relations between the municipality of Srebrenica and the government as well as…

Daily World News Digest, 16 April 2015

Migrants can’t be left to die in the seas of Europe 

The Guardian reported on 15 April that around 400 migrants are feared dead after drowning between Libya and Italy. And just two days ago, Italian coastguards rescued over 6,000 stricken migrants who had attempted to reach Europe from the North African coast.  Last autumn, the EU opted not to create a like-for-like replacement for Operation Mare Nostrum, a huge Italian-run search-and-rescue operation that saved up to 100,000 lives in the Mediterranean in 2014. In the words of one British minister, Baroness Anelay, Mare Nostrum created “an unintended ‘pull factor’, encouraging more migrants to attempt the dangerous sea crossing and thereby leading to more tragic and unnecessary deaths”. Six months on, the facts suggest otherwise. The number of people who attempted to cross the sea to Italy in the first quarter of 2015 was only fractionally smaller than the number…

Daily World News Digest, 15 April 2015


Hundreds of migrants feared drowned off Libya

The BBC reports today that about 400 migrants are feared drowned after their boat capsized off Libya. The report cites testimony given by survivors to Save the Children. The Italian coast guard had rescued 144 people on Monday and launched an air and sea search operation in hopes of rescuing others. Save the Children said that many of the survivors were “young men, probably minors”. The European Union says that more than 7,000 migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean since Friday. Survivors say that the latest tragedy happened after the boat, carrying about 550 migrants in total, overturned a day after leaving Libya. Nine bodies have already been recovered, but no more survivors have been found since then.

Syria: 16-year-old student missing since 2012

The Alkarama NGO issued a statement on 14 April saying that it has written to the UN Working…

Daily World News Digest, 14 April 2015

MSF to launch Mediterranean migrant rescue boat

The BBC reported on 10 April that Medecins Sans Frontieres is to launch a search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean to save migrants trying to reach Europe by boat. The aid agency will operate a 40-meter ship, the MY Phoenix, from May to October, when thousands more people are expected to attempt the perilous journey. MSF has rejected UK government claims that such services encourage more people-smuggling ships. Its small operation, to be run with the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), will see the MY Phoenix staffed by a medical team including two doctors and a nurse as well as high-speed inflatable boats and surveillance drones. The Italian navy’s search and rescue mission, Mare Nostrum, ended in November last year after some EU members said they could not afford to fund it. Last year an estimated 3,400 migrants, mostly from Africa, died…

Daily World News Digest, 10 April 2015

Mass graves in Mexico

The Aleteia news portal reports today that a recent report from the office of the Mexican Attorney General revealed that, of the 601 bodies found between 1 December 2006 and 28 February 2015, in 174 secret mass graves spread throughout the country, 80 percent have not yet been identified. The Attorney General’s report indicated that 302 of the bodies that have been found were male, while 40 were female. The status of the remaining bodies has not been determined. The report was obtained by the newspaper El Universal under Mexico’s new Transparency Law, which obliges authorities to give information to organizations or individuals who request it. In the report, the Attorney General’s office indicated that not all cases are documented “because some states do not work in coordination” with the office. The media report notes that the number of individuals found in mass graves is a…

Daily World News Digest, 9 April 2015

Bosnian Serb General Tolimir jailed for genocide

BalkanInsight reported on 8 April that the Hague Tribunal has sentenced wartime General Zdravko Tolimir to life imprisonment for the genocide of Bosniaks from Srebrenica. Tolimir was acquitted on appeal of committing genocide in Zepa. The UN-backed war crimes court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by Tolimir, the former intelligence chief of the Bosnian Serb Army’s Main Headquarters, against his conviction for genocide against thousands of Bosniak men and boys from Srebrenica in July 1995. Tolimir was a close aide to Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic.

Call for UN to pressure Syria on disappearances

The Geneva based Alkarama news portal reported on 8 April that it has written to the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances (WGEID) about the disappearance of Abdel Muti Ibrahim, a Syrian citizen, from Idlib Governorate. It describes the case of Ibrahim as the latest in a long…