Daily World News Digest, 02 May 2018

Rise in enforced disappearances in Bangladesh

According to a report issued on 1 May by Odhikar, a human rights organization in Bangladesh, between January and April 2018, extrajudicial killings numbered 73, nearly half the total 154 for the year 2017. This represents an increase of 15.8 percent for the first four months compared to last year. https://bit.ly/2w6XnWw 

Myanmar: escalation in human rights violations

Renewed fighting in Myanmar’s Kachin State presents an escalated threat to civilians, according to rights groups. Amnesty International has warned of “appalling violations and abuses” accusing both Myanmar’s military and armed rebels of abductions, killings, use of civilians as human shields, and recruitment of child soldiers. A recent report by the UN Human Rights Council cited “credible reports” that the military are responsible for “indiscriminate or disproportionate attacks, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary deprivation of liberty, enforced disappearances,” and other abuses. https://bit.ly/2w6XZeM

Rwandans commemorate genocide victims

Rwandans should write about the 1994 Genocide so that future generations understand what happened, a speaker at a Genocide commemoration said on Sunday. The commemoration was held at Kinazi memorial site in Ruhango District, near Kigali, where more than 60,000 Genocide victims are buried. During the event, 120 bodies that had been exhumed from nearby locations were given a decent burial at the memorial site. https://bit.ly/2JLBeyK

Indian government to establish missing persons database

The Indian government has announced that it will shortly create a database of DNA profiles for the first time to locate missing persons across the country and to identify unclaimed bodies. Approximately 40,000 unidentified bodies are disposed of every year in India. In the capital, Delhi, eight unidentified bodies are found every day. In 2017, 5,836 bodies were recovered in Delhi; the figure was 4,115 in 2015 and 6,232 in 2016, and on an average only 14 to 18 percent are eventually identified. https://bit.ly/2rgmVe0

Items in the Daily World News Digest are summaries of published reports relevant to the issue of missing persons, compiled by ICMP staff. These items do not necessarily reflect the position of ICMP.