Daily World News Digest 10 December 2019

Brazil to continue working on Sao Paulo identifications

The Brazilian government has abandoned plans to transfer 1,049 bones found in 1990 in the Don Bosco Cemetery in Sao Paulo, to Brasilia, Jornal Tijucas reports. The proposed transfer, allegedly to reduce costs, had shocked families of the missing. The government says it will continue working with the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) to identify the remains (Original article in Portuguese). http://bit.ly/2E0UGa4

International Court of Justice hears Rohingya genocide allegations

The International Court of Justice in The Hague has begun a hearing into allegations of genocide in Myanmar over the military campaign in 2017 against the Rohingya minority, the Associated Press reports. The head of a UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar warned in October that “there is a serious risk of genocide recurring.” It also found that Myanmar should be held responsible in international legal forums for alleged genocide against the Rohingya. http://bit.ly/2DZQnMi

India Human Rights Commission probes alleged extrajudicial killings

India’s National Human Rights Commission is investigating alleged extrajudicial killings in Hyderabad, the capital of the state of Telangana, The Jurist reports. Four people accused in the rape and murder of Priyanka Reddy, a veterinarian whose killing evoked national outrage, were shot dead on Friday after what the Hyderabad police claim was an attempt to steal police officers’ guns and escape. http://bit.ly/2E5sDGE

Kenya: authorities “block justice and reparations” for victims

The Kenyan National Assembly has blocked justice and reparations for victims of human rights violations by failing to consider the findings of a 2013 report by the country’s Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC), according to Human Rights Watch. It says that transitional justice mechanisms established since 2007 “have failed to ensure justice and redress for victims of serious crimes, and impunity and suffering prevail”. http://bit.ly/2P7NTSs

Philippines: extrajudicial killings

Killings of environmental defenders in the Philippines continue to rise, with about 80 percent of cases allegedly linked to security forces, according to the Kalikasan-People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE), Business Mirror from the Philippines reports. Kalikasan PNE has called for a national inquiry into the killings, urging the Commission on Human Rights to take the lead. http://bit.ly/2LG5ChE

Chilean plane disappears with 38 on board

A military plane with 38 people on board has disappeared en route to Antarctica, the BBC reports. An air force statement that the plane was about 450 miles into its 770-mile journey when contact was lost, placing it within the Drake Passage. Those missing include 17 crew and 21 passengers. https://bbc.in/2E4arx0

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.