Daily World News Digest, 10 November 2017

ICMP at Web Summit on human trafficking

ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger, Enigma Technologies’ Angel Nguyen, Microsoft’s Josh Holmes, and National Geographic’s Jon Bowermaster formed the panel at the Lisbon Web Summit on “the data to defeat human trafficking”. http://bit.ly/2ypFO0B

Finding Syria’s Disappeared

ICMP’s Policy Director Andreas Kleiser has participated in a discussion facilitated by Global Journalists on “the challenges of finding and identifying Syria’s disappeared”. http://bit.ly/2hYYXjR

El Salvador’s Civil War Victims Demand Reparations

Civil society activists are promoting the creation of a Law for Comprehensive Reparations for Victims of the Armed Conflict in El Salvador. “The idea is that the civilians who suffered in the war, no matter from which side, can receive reparations,” Sofía Hernández from the “Marianela García Villas” Committee of Relatives of Victims of Human Rights Violations said. The 1980-1992 conflict left around 75,000 people dead and 8,000 missing. Among other things, activists are proposing the creation of a Reparations Fund, a registry of victims and a Bank of Genetic Profiles, to identify the deceased. http://bit.ly/2i1DxSY

ICC opens Burundi probe

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have authorized an investigation into allegations of state-sponsored crimes in Burundi. They said evidence provided by prosecutors offers “a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation” into crimes committed since 26 April 2015, allegedly by “State agents and other groups implementing State policies.” In a statement, the ICC said “at least 1,200 persons were allegedly killed, thousands illegally detained, thousands reportedly tortured and hundreds disappeared.” http://bit.ly/2AxTyrv

Leader appointed for Colombia’s Truth Commission

A Jesuit priest, Francisco de Roux, has been chosen to lead the commission that will investigate Colombia’s 50-year armed conflict. The Truth Commission is part of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), the transitional justice system. The Commission does not have authority to impose punishments. Evidence obtained by the Commission may not be forwarded to be used against suspects in criminal court cases. http://bit.ly/2hZriXd

China urged to respect rights of detainees

Human Rights Watch has called on the Chinese authorities to revise the draft National Supervision Law to include fair trial protections for corruption suspects. HRW said the draft law does not guarantee detainees access to lawyers or family members, and allows them to be held in a secret location for up to six months. “Giving China’s graft-busters the authority to hold people incommunicado for months encourages forced confessions and other well-documented abuses,” said Sophie Richardson, HRW’s China director. http://bit.ly/2zwclFv

Items in 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.