Daily World News Digest, 12 December 2016

Kenya: call to establish a Commission of Inquiry into violations by security agencies

Einnews, a general news website, reports today that human rights organizations and media outlets have found credible evidence that units of the Kenyan security forces, including the Kenya Police Service, the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF), the Kenya Wildlife Service, (KWS), and the National Intelligence Service (NIS), have killed, disappeared, and tortured people suspected of being terrorists or criminals. Justice for such cases has been inconsistent and victims are often left without avenues for redress, it says.  “The Kenyan president has a responsibility to ensure that all government forces respect national and international human rights law and adhere to due process,” said Otsieno Namwaya, Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Victims of killings and disappearances by security agencies deserve answers, and a commission of inquiry is a critical first step.” http://bit.ly/2huGIDY

Mexico’s war on drugs – ten years on

CBS News released an article yesterday on the tenth anniversary of Mexico’s war on drugs, the offensive that has left some major drug cartels splintered and many old-line kingpins such as Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in jail, but which, it says, has “done little to reduce crime or violence in the nation’s roughest regions”. Some say the war has been a crucial, but flawed, effort. “Others argue the offensive begun by then-President Felipe Calderon on Dec. 11, 2006, unleashed an unnecessary tragedy with more than 100,000 people dead and about 30,000 missing – a toll comparable to the Central American civil wars of the 1980s.” http://cbsn.ws/2hkNXLM

The victims of China’s “War on Law”

The BBC carried a story on 10 December, noting that on UN Human Rights Day, 10 December, commemorating the date on which the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, many Chinese lawyers are without the protection of the Declaration. The article cites the case of Jiang Tianyong, a lawyer who may have been detained because of his work on human rights cases. In August, he met the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, during his visit to China. Mr Alston has expressed concern that Mr Jiang’s disappearance might be linked to that meeting. “The international standards are clear: states must refrain from and protect all persons from acts of reprisal,” the UN quotes Mr Alston as saying. http://bbc.in/2hokjWe

CoE Calls on Turkey to provide information on missing persons in Cyprus

The Greek Reporter carried a story yesterday noting that the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE) has called on Turkey to pursue a “proactive approach to providing the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) with all necessary assistance to continue to achieve tangible results as quickly as possible”, in a resolution adopted on Friday. http://bit.ly/2hkL6Ch

Another Mass Grave Found near Mosul  

ANTIWAR.COM, a U.S. website, reports that recent operations in Mosul have forced about 100,000 people to flee their homes. The U.S. military estimates that about 2,000 militants have been killed or severely wounded during the siege. The article explores the casualty impact of current fighting and the issue of unidentified victims. http://bit.ly/2huF7hz         

Protests mark Human Rights Day in Kashmir

The Pakistan Observer reports today on the situation in Kashmir, where it says “mass killings, forced disappearances, rapes, fake encounter killings, torture” are  “day to day” issues, according to Zamrooda Habib, chairman of the NGO Tehreek-e-Khawateen.  http://bit.ly/2hodJz8

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.