Daily World News Digest, 19 April 2017

Extralegal killings and torture in Nigeria

The Nigerian Voice reported yesterday on extralegal killings and torture in Nigeria during the last 5 years. It says that Boko Haram militants “have killed and maimed over 30,000 innocent Nigerians, and they are not the only actor.” It adds that “all these killings by non-state actors have happened without any suspected mass murderer being brought to justice.” http://bit.ly/2o2oPjE

Detentions in Biafra

Reportsafrique.com carried a story yesterday saying that the organization, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has condemned what it describes as “incessant harassment, arrest and illegal detention” of its members, some of whom have been held incommunicado.  The IPOB called on the Nigerian Government and security agencies either to release those arrested, on bail, or charge them in court without further delay. The statement added that, “the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on 6 February 2017 declared IPOB a legal organization but the Nigerian Police and other security agencies who do not know the law are busy breaking the law by continuing targeting the peaceful members of IPOB.”  http://bit.ly/2olDrac

UN concerned over “surge in forced disappearances and killings” in Burundi

The Daily Mail reported yesterday that “dozens of unidentified bodies have been found across Burundi, and incidents of torture by security forces and night raids on opposition homes by militias have surged,” according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who warned of an increase in cases of enforced disappearance between November 2016 and March 2017. Zeid described a “campaign of fear and terror” orchestrated by the militia in Burundi. http://dailym.ai/2oqXjb4

Nearly 4,000 Somalis set to be deported from the US

On Monday, Telesur reported on a “surge in Somali deportations” from the US since January — with an estimated 4,000 to come — according to the Somali embassy in Washington. The embassy says this is the first time since the collapse of the Somali government in 1991 that so many migrants have been sent back to the conflict-ridden region. The surge has been attributed to a backlog of detainees under the Barack Obama administration. US authorities were unable to return Somalis with deportation orders earlier due to the conflict in the region.  http://bit.ly/2oo5pRz

EU needs a coordinated response to people smuggling

Open Democracy featured an article yesterday on the need for a coordinated EU response to the issue of people smuggling. The article argues that “migrant smuggling is now a large, profitable and sophisticated criminal market as almost all irregular migrants entering the EU resort to paid facilitation services at some point of their journey.” It adds that in view of “the complexity and scale of the threat”, and the diversity of stakeholders involved, from national authorities to EU institutions and international organizations, “it is imperative that efforts be coordinated”. http://bit.ly/2oMIIIK

New report highlights migrant slave markets in Libya

Deutsche Welle carried a story on Monday featuring a report by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on migrant “slave markets” in Libya. According to the IOM, Libya has “slave markets where migrants are sold at a price ranging from $200 to 500 dollars.” A photographer who has documented this issue points to the involvement of government-linked militias in the smuggling and enslavement of migrants. “It is important to reckon with the fact that Libya has become a trafficking market,” he said.  Many of the warring militias in Libya are involved in smuggling of migrants between Africa and Europe. http://bit.ly/2oMS3Ap

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.