Posts Categorized: Daily Digest

Daily World News Digest, 11 February 2015

Croatian General Accused of Inciting Violence

Balkan Insight reported on 10 February that a Zagreb-based youth NGO has filed criminal charges against wartime Croatian General Branimir Glavas, accusing him of inciting violence and hatred at a rally to celebrate his release from jail in Bosnia and Herzgeovina in January after serving four years of a prison sentence for committing war crimes in Osijek in Croatia.

Pakistan Supreme Court calls for joint effort to trace missing persons

The Express Tribune newspaper from Pakistan reported on 11 February that Pakistan’s Supreme Court has asked state and provincial authorities to launch coordinated efforts for the recovery of missing persons and to address the issue of unidentified bodies abandoned in different parts of the country. “There should be an effective mechanism so that whenever a dead body is found, the relatives of the missing persons should be contacted to identify it,” the Supreme Court…

Daily World News Digest, 10 February 2015

Migrants die of hypothermia after Lampedusa boat rescue

The BBC reported on 9 February that at least 27 migrants have died of hypothermia after being picked up near the island of Lampedusa, according to the Italian coast guard. They were part of a group of 105 people found on board an inflatable boat about 160 kilometres from the Italian territory. In October 2013, 366 migrants lost their lives when the fishing boat they were travelling in capsized off the coast. In response, Italy established a search and rescue mission called Mare Nostrum, but it was disbanded a year later. The European Union now runs a border control operation, called Triton, with fewer ships and a much smaller area of operations.

Mexico defends probe of 43 missing students

AFP reported on 9 February that the Mexican attorney general’s office has rejected criticism of its conclusions in the case of the 43…

Daily World News Digest, 9 February 2015


Independent Argentine panel criticizes Mexican probe of missing students

The Wall Street Journal reported on 8 February that the independent Argentine forensic team investigating the disappearance and presumed killing of 43 students in the Mexican state of Guerrero in September has identified irregularities in the investigation of the case by the Mexican authorities. The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, brought in by the parents of the students to verify the government’s investigation, released its report late Saturday, concluding that the government seemed to be trying to make the physical evidence fit the testimony of alleged participants in the killing of the students and the burning of their bodies.

150 people reported disappeared in Piedras Negras, Mexico

The Telesur network from Venezuela reported on 7 February that in the last 18 months more than 150 people have been reported as missing in the small city of Piedras Negras in the northern border…

Daily World News Digest, 6 February 2015


Mexico to implement a law on enforced disappearances by June

The Latin American multimedia platform teleSUR reported on 4 February that the Mexican authorities have made a commitment to draft and enact a law on enforced disappearances by June. Mexico currently does not have such a law, despite the fact that the country has experienced a surge in enforced disappearances as a result of the war on drug cartels launched by former President Felipe Calderon in 2006.

Ban Ki-Moon calls on Kosovo to set up war crimes court

The InSerbia web portal reported on 5 February that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the Kosovo authorities to speed up the establishment of a war crimes court.  Ban encouraged Belgrade and Pristina to engage in serious dialogue, and noted that in the three months to 15 January “the responsible authorities in Belgrade and Pristina continued to pursue new sources of…

Daily World News Digest, 5 February 2015

South Asian states urged to ratify UN convention on enforced disappearance

The Express Tribune in Pakistan reports today that legal experts and human rights activists meeting in Islamabad at a two-day conference organized by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the International Commission of Jurists, have called on South Asian countries, including Pakistan, to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance. At the conference, delegates from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines, India and Pakistan also urged countries in the region to implement recommendations made by the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances.

More than 2,500 Colombian abduction cases presented to ICC

The Colombia Reports web portal reported on 4 February that more than 2,500 cases of disappearances allegedly perpetrated by the FARC rebel group have been presented to the International Criminal Court in The Hague by Inspector General Alejandro Ordonez….

Daily World News Digest, 4 February 2015


ICJ: Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide

On 3 February The Jurist reported Tuesday’s verdict of the International Court of Justice that Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide against one another’s citizens during the 1990s conflict. While the court recognized that genocidal acts were perpetrated by both sides, neither side could provide sufficient evidence to prove the necessary specific intent to commit genocide. The court also noted that it could only judge the genocide claims under the Geneva Convention, and acknowledged that further crimes may have been committed by Serbia and Croatia.

Serbia and Croatia must provide justice for victims

Amnesty International issued a statement on 3 February calling on Serbia and Croatia to focus their efforts on ensuring accountability for crimes against humanity and war crimes and reparation for victims at the national level, following the ICJ ruling. “The fact that the court was unable to find…

Daily World News Digest, 3 February 2015

UN court dismisses Croatia and Serbia genocide claims

The BBC reports that the International Court of Justice has ruled that Serbia and Croatia did not commit acts of genocide against each other during the Balkan wars. The Croatian government had alleged that Serbia committed genocide in the town of Vukovar and elsewhere in 1991. Serbia later filed a counter-claim over the expulsion of more than 200,000 Serbs from Croatia. The Croatian town of Vukovar was devastated when it was occupied by Serbs for three months in 1991. Tens of thousands of ethnic Croats were displaced, and about 260 Croat men were detained and killed. Four years later, the Croatian military’s Operation Storm bombarded the majority ethnic-Serb Krajina area, forcing about 200,000 people from their homes. Speaking in court on Tuesday, Judge Peter Tomka dismissed both the Croatian claim and the Serbian counter-claim. Forces on both sides had carried out violent…

Daily World News Digest, 2 February 2015



Mexico must compile national missing persons list

The Associated Press reports that Mexico’s national Human Rights Commission will present a report to the UN today citing the absence of “a comprehensive national list of the missing” as one of the contributory factors to Mexico’s systemic missing persons crisis. Commission Chairman Luis Raul Gonzalez Perez said officials need to systemize and debug various existing databases because there is no “effective, comprehensive and transparent national” registry that would allow officials to know the real number of people who have disappeared in Mexico.

Egyptian authorities accused of covering up protester deaths

Evidence gathered by Amnesty International published on 1 February indicates that the Egyptian authorities are attempting to cover up the deaths of more than two dozen people who were killed in protests marking the 2011 uprising last weekend, according to an Amnesty press release. Prosecutors have threatened eyewitnesses with arrest and at…

Daily World News Digest 30 January 2015

Human Rights Watch: World Report 2015

Human Rights Watch published its 25th Annual Report on 29 January covering more than 90 countries. The 644-page report identified a systemic global threat to human rights cause by a tendency of governments to downgrade human rights protection when faced with serious security challenges. “Human rights violations played a major role in spawning or aggravating many of today’s crises,” HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth said. “Protecting human rights and ensuring democratic accountability are key to resolving them.”

Serbian Army Chief Accused Over Kosovo Killings 

Balkan Insight reported on 29 January that the Humanitarian Law Centre NGO in Belgrade has alleged in a new report published on Thursday that current Serbian Army chief Ljubisa Dikovic was the commander of the 37th Brigade of the Yugoslav Army responsible for attacks on four villages in the Drenica area between 5 April and 27 May 1999, when…

Daily World News Digest 29 January 2015

Mexico: Missing students are dead, but many questions remain

The Christian Science Monitor reports today on the reaction of families of the missing to Tuesday’s announcement by the Mexican authorities that all 43 students who disappeared in the southern town of Iguala in September are dead. It notes that the government statement came just one day before the one-year anniversary of the launch of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s anti-kidnapping strategy. The citizen group Stop Kidnapping, part of a government oversight panel on kidnapping, announced on Tuesday that Mexico saw a 30 percent increase in kidnapping cases between 2013 (2,166 cases) and 2014 (2,818 cases). Government figures put the number of kidnappings in Mexico in 2013 at 1,698, and in 2014 at 1,394 – a decrease of about 18 percent.

Mexican President tells nation to ‘move on’ from 43 students

On 28 January reported Mexican President Peña Nieto’s statement on…