Daily World News Digest, 13 May 2015

Nepal earthquake: rescue work resumes after latest deadly tremor

The BBC reports today that work has resumed to find victims and survivors after the latest deadly earthquake to hit Nepal. At least 65 people died and nearly 2,000 were hurt in Tuesday’s 7.3 magnitude quake, with fears the figures could rise. At least 17 died in India. A search continues for a missing US aid helicopter with eight people on board. Thousands of Nepalis spent the night in the open. Many have not returned to their homes since a 7.8 magnitude quake on 25 April that killed over 8,000. http://bbc.in/1F6iFhP

Yemen armed groups recruiting children

Human Rights Watch reported on 12 May that the Houthi armed group in Yemen has intensified its recruitment, training, and deployment of children in violation of international law. Since September 2014, when the Houthis, also known as Ansar Allah, took control of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, they have increasingly used children as scouts, guards, runners, and fighters, with some children being wounded and killed, HRW says. In addition to the Houthis, Islamist and tribal militias and armed groups such as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are deploying child soldiers, Human Rights Watch said. According to UNICEF, children with the Houthis and other armed groups comprise up to a third of all fighters in Yemen. Armed groups recruited at least 140 children between 26 March and 24 April, the UN agency said. In recent months, journalists in Yemen have reported seeing boys between 14 and 16 with rifles and handguns fighting for Houthi forces and other armed groups. One described seeing a 7-year-old boy at a Houthi checkpoint in Sanaa with a military assault rifle. http://bit.ly/1E3m0ub

Uzbekistan’s rights record can no longer be ignored

Amnesty International reported on 12 May on the tenth anniversary of an event in Uzbekistan’s eastern city of Andizhan, when security forces opened fire on a crowd of protestors. “A decade on, no one knows the exact number who died that day,” Amnesty says. “The locations of mass graves which human rights defenders say are scattered around Andizhan, have never been confirmed. An independent international investigation has not been carried out and no one has been held to account for the killings. Instead the Uzbekistani authorities have relentlessly persecuted those they suspect of having been involved in the protests.” http://bit.ly/1zYFXqU\

Football star calls on schools to join Remembering Srebrenica tournament

The Leicester Mercury reported on 11 May that Stoke City Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is calling on schools in Leicestershire to sign their students up to take part in the UK charity Remembering Srebrenica’s “8-3-7-2” competition and take a stand against hatred and intolerance. The charity aims to unite 8,372 young people from 380 schools across the UK. This corresponds to the number of people commemorated at the Potocari Memorial Center in Srebrenica. http://bit.ly/1cvYe45

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.