Daily World News Digest 16 October 2019

Nigeria: enforced disappearances

Amnesty International has called for International Criminal Court to open an investigation into human rights abuses in Nigeria, related to the conflict between Boko Haram and the security forces. Both sides have been accused of serious human rights violations including extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. http://bit.ly/2IVqDDL

Viet Nam and Cambodia act on missing soldiers

Viet Nam News reports that the Vietnamese Government has given US$523,000 to the Cambodian Government to assist in a joint effort to search, excavate and repatriate the remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers who were killed in Cambodia. “The two sides will also encourage people to provide information about martyrs and graves of volunteer soldiers and Vietnamese experts who have died in Cambodia,” Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Defense, Lieut Gen Lê Chiêm said. https://bit.ly/31jGGl1

Mexico City: public discussion on new law on disappearances

The Congress of Mexico City has launched a two-month public discussion with civil society on legislation designed to combat enforced disappearances, Edo México Político reports. Among other things the legislation is intended to create a register of missing persons in Mexico City (Original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2OOTltB

Sri Lanka: candidate rejects post-war accountability

The Hindu reports that Sri Lankan presidential candidate, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is a former defense minister and the brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has said – if elected – he will not honour the country’s commitments to the UN Human Rights Council on post-war accountability and reconciliation. Mr. Gotabaya also said he would release members of the armed forces held “falsely” charged with killings and abductions. https://bit.ly/2IUzWng

Items in the 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.