Daily World News Digest, 16 November 2017

Slavery in Libya

Each year, tens of thousands of refugees pour across Libya’s borders fleeing conflict or poverty. A recent clampdown by the Libyan coastguard has caused fewer boats to attempt the voyage to Europe, leaving smugglers with a backlog of would-be passengers. So, the smugglers become masters, the migrants and refugees become slaves. http://cnn.it/2zDAc6o

Colombia: court approves peace jurisdiction, with changes

Colombia’s Constitutional Court has approved the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) a post-conflict transitional justice system that is seen as the backbone of the 2016 peace agreement. The Court approved the JEP unanimously, but made several adjustments to the text agreed by the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, and the government of President Juan Manuel Santos. http://bit.ly/2iXN1yw

HRW: Rohingya women raped by Myanmar soldiers

A Human Rights Watch report based on firsthand interviews with 52 Rohingya women and girls who have fled to Bangladesh says there is evidence of mass rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar soldiers. The number of rape victims is likely to be much higher than reported, HRW says, since social stigma keeps many women silent. http://bit.ly/2hEcMXN

ICMP and CADHAC create database of disappeared

The Mexican civil society organization Citizens in Support of Human Rights (CADHAC) and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) have signed a cooperation agreement. ICMP will facilitate CADHAC’s efforts to collect and store information on missing persons. The two organizations have cooperated for a number of years to account for the missing in the northern state of Nuevo Leon. (SPANISH) http://bit.ly/2AR5Gny

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.