Daily World News Digest 19 August 2019

Burundi: crackdown on opposition

A Burundian opposition party says 18 of its offices have been destroyed in the past two months, Business Standard reports. Burundi has been in crisis since April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term in office. A UN Commission of Inquiry last year said it believed the government was committing crimes against humanity such as summary executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention, torture and sexual violence. http://bit.ly/30gEdYU

West Papua: reports of extrajudicial killings

Leaders of Pacific nations have urged the UN to visit the province of West Papua in eastern Indonesia amid reported human rights abuses including torture, extrajudicial killings, and systemic police and military violence, the Guardian reports. Agreement on a visit to West Papua by the UN’s high commissioner for human rights was negotiated more than a year ago, but has never materialized. http://bit.ly/2Hcb75e

Sri Lanka: obstacles in transitional justice

Sri Lanka’s President, Maithripala Sirisena, has appointed an alleged war criminal, Major General Shavendra Silva, as Commander of the Army, the Colombo Telegraph reports. In January this year the International Truth and Justice Project published a 137-page dossier with evidence to charge Silva with war crimes and crimes against humanity, the paper says, including summary executions, enforced disappearances, torture and sexual violence, and the detention of thousands of persons. http://bit.ly/2NhfbFe

Arkansas examines historical mass killings

A century after hundreds of African Americans were reportedly killed in Elaine, Arkansas, a memorial is set to bring details of the tragedy to light, the Guardian reports. Victims’ descendants and activists are demanding justice and are currently pushing for state officials to be more involved in conducting investigations into what happened and unearthing and marking gravesites. http://bit.ly/2TJz2Ou

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.