Daily World News Digest, 10 October 2018

Bangladesh: new digital security law “widens repression as enforced disappearances rise”

Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid has approved a new digital security law that rights groups fear could be used to further erode press freedoms and dissenting voices online, CNN reports. The introduction of the new law comes amid what campaigners allege is a widening repression of opposition voices ahead of elections later this year. In a report released earlier this month, the Dhaka-based Odhikar group highlighted a spate of enforced disappearances of opposition leaders, students and activists. In September alone, the rights group claims 30 people were allegedly picked up by law enforcement agencies without explanation. https://cnn.it/2A2hrJn

Number of war crime trials decreasing in Western Balkans

Visiting Zagreb on Tuesday, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia (IRMCT), Serge Brammertz, warned that the public sphere is dominated by the glorification of war criminals and denial of war crimes, Total Croatia News reports. Mr. Brammertz added that, with the exception of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the number of war criminal trials has been decreasing every year. https://bit.ly/2A1FEzA

UN human rights office on disappearance of Saudi journalist

OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani has said that the “apparent enforced disappearance” of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi requires a full investigation involving both Turkey and Saudi Arabia, UN News reports. https://bit.ly/2OdC6TE

Sudan: “still no justice for extrajudicial killing of 185 protesters” five years ago

The Sudanese authorities are yet to bring to justice a single person for the killing of at least 185 people who were executed by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) and the police during the country’s September 2013 protests on the high cost of living, Amnesty International said in a statement to the UN Human Rights Committee. https://bit.ly/2NtZx60

UNHCR warning on global funding shortage for refugees & migrants

Funds available to help refugees and migrants are steadily falling, a new report from the UN refugee agency warns, while the number of displaced has been rising annually, UN News reports. There are growing protection risks because of shortages of personnel to deal with unaccompanied children or victims or sexual violence, a UNCHR Spokesperson said. http://bit.ly/2RFEPU7

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.