Daily World News Digest, 14 February 2017

Amnesty International cites “deteriorating human rights situation” in Myanmar 

ReliefWeb published an article today about the human rights situation in Myanmar. One year after the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government took office, the deterioration in the human rights situation in Myanmar requires immediate and urgent action from the UN Human Rights Council (the Council), it says. In Rakhine State, state security forces have responded to attacks by armed groups on police posts with a campaign of violence against the Rohingya civilian population, which may amount to crimes against humanity. In northern Myanmar fighting between the Army and armed ethnic groups has escalated leading to fresh violations of international humanitarian and human rights law against the ethnic civilian population. http://bit.ly/2klMVUU 

ICC petition accuses Australia of violating refugee human rights

Jurist Twenty published an article yesterday about a petition to the International Criminal Court by legal experts regarding the offshore detention of asylum seekers by the authorities in Australia. The 108-page document, submitted to the ICC by the Global Legal Action Network and the Stanford International Human Rights Clinic, urges the ICC prosecutor to open an investigation into possible “crimes against humanity committed by individuals and corporate actors” on asylum seekers in the Australian detention facilities. http://bit.ly/2krSCvv 

Namibia Ombudsman sues over migrant detentions

The Namibian reports today that Ombudsman John Walters has instituted legal proceedings against immigration authorities and the police over the detention of alleged illegal immigrants. Walters is seeking the immediate release of 46 alleged illegal immigrants detained at police stations around Windhoek, and an order that the 46 should be processed according to the provisions of the Immigration Control Act. http://bit.ly/2laXutD

Kazakhstan: activists detained

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a global anti-torture network, reported yesterday on the detention of two activists in Kazakhstan, Max Bokayev, Head of the NGO “Arlan”, and Talgat Ayanov, a lawyer. Both men were involved in organizing peaceful protests in April and early May 2016 against the amendments to the Land Code of Kazakhstan. “The Observatory fears that imprisonment in the Penal Colony of Petropavlovsk where conditions of detention are known to be particularly harsh and where they would be cut from regular visits from their family members and lawyers would place them at risk of torture and ill-treatment, in violation of Kazakhstan’s obligations under the United Nations Convention Against Torture.” http://bit.ly/2krRw2W

Minors release from detention in Kashmir 

Amnesty international reported yesterday that Rayees Ahmad Mir and Waheed Ahmed Gojree have been released after the Jammu and Kashmir High Court quashed their detention orders on 6 and 31 December 2016 respectively. The teenagers were unlawfully detained in prison under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA), an administrative detention law that expressly prohibits the detention of anyone under 18 years of age. On 6 December 2016, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court quashed the detention order, stating that it was illegal and any further custody would need to be in line with juvenile justice procedures. http://bit.ly/2lKY6n1

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.