Daily World News Digest, 19 March 2018

Nepal: reparation for the families of killed and disappeared

Three years after its formation, the Nepali Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has started talks with victims of the conflict and human rights activists on a reparation policy. Although families of victims from the the decade long insurgency that ended in 2006 have received cash support of just under 10,000 USD, no other reparation has been provided. The TRC formed a committee two years ago to establish a reparations policy, this has not yet been finalized. Conflict victims argue that reparations should be based on UN Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims. http://bit.ly/2FKHXvu

Proposals for new missing persons initiative in Libya

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has convened a two-day meeting in Tripoli on “Knowing the Fate of Missing Persons in Libya: A Condition for Meaningful Reconciliation,” aimed at exploring best ways to address this file, the mission said. UNSMIL issued a statement saying that the meeting had contributed to “mapping the main needs and challenges in working on enforced disappearances in Libya, while also recommending legal, technical and social measures in this regard.” It said the meeting covered the possibility of establishing an independent national body on missing persons in Libya. “The need for relevant institutions to reach out to the families of missing persons was stressed, to encourage them to register their cases,” UNSMIL said. “And more technical and financial support from international organizations are requested, most of which left Libya after 2014.” The Ministry for the Care of Families of Martyrs and Missing Persons reported that at least 2,516 people were missing since the 2011 uprising. http://bit.ly/2pohuc0

UNHCR urges authorities to address killing of social activists in Colombia

UNHCR has expressed concern over what it describes as a failure on the part of Colombia’s authorities to address an increase in killings of social activists in the country. UNHCR called on the authorities to “correct aspects” of the Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-repetition (SIVJRNR or “Integral System”), which it says are not in conformity with international standards. It also urged the government to secure funding for transitional Justice mechanisms and “to allow for the effective participation of victims.” More than 80,000 are missing as a result of the half-century conflict in Colombia. http://bit.ly/2FVC4HM

After French Priest exposes Da’esh crimes against Yezidis

Patrick Desbois, a Roman Catholic priest, who has spent the last 15 years investigating and uncovering the details of Nazi massacres across Eastern Europe and Russia has started documenting crimes Da’esh has committed against the Yezidi people in Iraq. His team’s interviews with more than 200 Yezidi victims and witnesses will serve as corroborating evidence of crimes, along with photos taken of Da’esh crimes. The testimonies will be made accessible to judicial officials who are trying Da’esh combatants for crimes against humanity in several countries. http://bit.ly/2GG5hYw

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.