Daily World News Digest, 14 June 2016

Peace committee in Nepal receives 482 conflict-era cases

The Kathamandu Post, reported on 13 June that the local peace committee office, Baitadi, has received a total of 482 cases of crimes committed during the decade-long conflict. Of the cases, 412 will come under the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) while 64 have been filed with the Commission of Inquiry into Enforced Disappearances (CIED). The last date to file conflict-era cases with the CIED is the end of the Nepali month of Asadh while the TRC has set the last date to receive such cases at the end of Nepali month of Jestha. http://bit.ly/25Uuw2K

More than 4,000 migrants rescued in Mediterranean Sea

BreitBart reported on 13 June that on Saturday, the Italian Coast Guard said it had picked up 1,348 migrants in 11 rescue operations for a weekend total of 2,578. The Coast Guard also said that one dead body had also been recovered. According to UNHCR data, prior to these last rescues, more than 48,000 migrants had arrived in Italy since the beginning of the year, nearly all originating from sub-Saharan Africa. http://bit.ly/1UwSNQY

Greece clears migrant camps near border, volunteers detained

ABC News reported on 13 June that police detained 34 volunteers in northern Greece on Monday while clearing makeshift migrant camps along the border with Macedonia. Scores of riot police were deployed as 1,065 Syrians and 58 Iraqis were ordered out of a camp set up around a gas station near the Greek border with Macedonia and moved by bus to a shelter near the northern city of Thessaloniki. The detained volunteers — all non-Greeks who had been helping migrants with food distribution and other basic needs — were all released without charge following identification checks at a nearby police station, authorities said. Journalists were not allowed access to the site during the police operation. More than 50,000 migrants remain stranded in Greece following European border closures and an agreement reached in March between the European Union and Turkey to deport newly arrived migrants traveling across the Aegean Sea. Hundreds of people have died in recent weeks in shipwrecks in the southern Mediterranean, with overcrowded and unseaworthy boats sinking on their way from the shores of north Africa towards Europe, usually heading to Italy. http://abcn.ws/1XiCnlu

Prospects for Missing Persons Office in Sri Lanka

The Wire, an Indian news portal, reports today on current developments in Sri Lanka, where the authorities are in the process of establishing transitional justice mechanisms that will, among other things, address the issue of tens of thousands of persons missing as a result of the 25-year conflict. “Families of the disappeared and the activists have faced numerous threats, intimidation, restrictions, surveillance, arrests and detention as they campaigned for truth and justice for the disappeared,” it says. “Successive government have set up many bodies to address disappearances, and families of the disappeared and activists have engaged with them, sometimes in good faith and sometimes in desperation. But truth, justice and reparations have been elusive.” http://bit.ly/1tnTTYU

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.