Daily World News Digest, 18 May 2017

UN report: “Congolese military carried out extrajudicial killing of women and children”

On Wednesday, the Voice of America reported that the UN Joint Human Rights Office has concluded that the Congolese military and police carried out at least 185 extra-judicial executions during March and April, including 16 women and 53 children, in just three towns in Kasai-Central province. The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says the crisis in the Kasai region has displaced more than 1.2 million people. In recent months UN investigators say they have also found mass graves, reportedly dug by Congolese soldiers after clashes. http://bit.ly/2qyX4gG

UNICEF: Number of unaccompanied refugee children reaches ‘record high’

Today, Deutsche Welle reported that the number of refugee children traveling alone has increased fivefold since 2010, according to UNICEF. In 2015 and 2016, UNICEF said there were 300,000 unaccompanied and separated migrant children worldwide. The total number of unaccompanied children is believed to be much higher as UNICEF counts only children traveling alone who have been registered as part of an asylum claim or registered at a border. UNICEF warned that many young refugees and migrants have been forced into prostitution and slavery. http://bit.ly/2qUr1ed

Amnesty International blasts Brazilian police for “systematic killings and impunity”

On Wednesday, the Merco Press reported that Amnesty International has criticized the “impunity” enjoyed by Brazilian police, who kill suspects during operations. This follows a ruling last week by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that Brazil must reopen investigations into the killing of 26 people in a Rio de Janeiro favela two decades ago.  Amnesty warns that police violence is still a reality in favelas and marginalized areas of Brazil. Amnesty and other human rights organizations accuse police of continuing to use extrajudicial killings and torture. http://bit.ly/2qunqSN

Malaysia: Human rights group calls for investigation into abductions

The Star newspaper from Malaysia reported on Wednesday that the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) has urged Malaysian authorities to conduct swift and impartial investigations into two cases of disappearances. FIDH made the call after submitting the cases of missing persons Pastor Raymond Koh and social activist Amri Che Mat to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID). WGEID, which reviews cases of enforced disappearance and transmits them to governments, warns that between 1980 and 2016 no case of disappearances in Malaysia is still open. http://bit.ly/2rtRQBZ

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.