Daily World News Digest, 15 November 2017

Calls for government action after disappearance of Bangladeshi academic

Bangladeshi academic Mubashar Hasan may have been subject to an enforced disappearance, Amnesty International said on Monday. His disappearance since 7 November, according to PEN America, “is yet another egregious example of Bangladesh’s failure to protect independent voices within Bangladesh’s intellectual sphere”. Karin Karlekar, director of Free Expression at Risk Programs at PEN America, said Hasan’s disappearance “is another in a long line of grave threats to scholars and independent thinkers in Bangladesh,” and called on the authorities to “step up efforts to find and free Dr. Hasan from whatever forces are responsible for his disappearance as soon as possible.” http://bit.ly/2zLxIRl

Nepal prepares to extend mandate of transitional justice mechanisms

With less than three months to go before the expiry of the tenure of two transitional justice mechanisms in Nepal – the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons – members of these bodies have said they need at least three more years to complete their tasks. The Enforced Disappearances Enquiry, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act of 2014 allows a one-year extension. The commissions, formed in 2015 with a two-year term, were awarded a one-year extension in February. The Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction says it is drafting an amendment bill, acknowledging that the two transitional justice mechanisms cannot complete their tasks in the given time. http://bit.ly/2zENj7v

HRW urges Colombia not to promote officers linked with killings

Human Rights Watch is urging Colombia’s government to cancel promotions for five military officers it says are strongly linked to the killings of civilians. HRW has detailed the cases of four colonels and one general who were overseeing commands in which authorities were investigating so-called “false positive” cases when security forces killed several thousand civilians, many of them poor farmers, between 2002 and 2008 at the height of the military’s offense against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). http://bit.ly/2ihOK25

BIRN publishes book on Ratko Mladic trial

Ahead of next week’s verdict in the trial of former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic at the Hague Tribunal, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) has compiled its reporting on the case in a free e-book “Ratko Mladic: From Battlefield to Courtroom”. The e-book contains more than 500 articles. Mladic’s trial, which began in 2012, lasted for 530 days and heard evidence from 591 witnesses, of whom 377 appeared in court. http://bit.ly/2jquEGj

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.