Daily World News Digest, 2 February 2016

Commission submits a bill that will criminalize disappearances in Nepal

The Kathmandu Post, a daily from Nepal, carried a story today saying that the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons has forwarded a draft bill to the government to criminalize the act of disappearance with retrospective applications aiming at conflict-era cases. The government had formed the commission without drafting the law to criminalize the disappearance, ignoring the Supreme Court order. This had raised question over the government’s intention to form transitional justice body. The commission has also sought clarity on the provisions related to disappearances in the Transitional Justice Act. It has sought amendment to the Act regarding the legal status of the disappeared. http://bit.ly/20CUNMV

Nearly 40 refugees and migrants drown in latest Aegean boat sinking

Newsweek, an American magazine, carried a story today saying that in the latest tragedy to strike in the Aegean Sea, nearly 40 refugees and migrants died after their boat capsized off the coast of the Greek island Lesbos. The Turkish coast guard said at least 37 people died on Saturday when the boat carrying them from Turkey to Greece. A number of children were among the dead, and the bodies of several women and children washed up on a Turkish beach near the town of Ayvacik, northwestern Canakkale province, on Saturday. Another 75 people were rescued from the sea, according to the coast guard. http://bit.ly/2054YHW

International expert applauds Trudeau’s approach on indigenous issues

Maclean’s, a magazine from Canada, carried a story on 1 February saying that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s talk of systemic discrimination against Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples lends legitimacy to the issues and those tackling them said the Vice Chair of the UN committee on the elimination of discrimination against women, Barbara Bailey. Failures of the justice system were flagged last March in a report, which revealed that Canada failed to thoroughly investigate why indigenous women are targeted for violence. The Liberal government is now in the midst of consultations as it prepares to examine issues behind the phenomenon of missing and murdered indigenous women. The inquiry was welcomed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights as well. http://bit.ly/1Q9q3vv

Nigerian Army not telling the truth about number of victims in Zaria

Mehr News Agency, an Iranian news agency, reported today that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has stated that the Nigerian army is not telling the truth by claiming that only seven people were killed during a clash between both parties in Zaria. According to a statement issued by Ibrahim Musa, President of the Media Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, about 750 persons are missing based on their records. The Movement believes that the missing persons were killed by the army or are illegally detained by military authority. The IMN had also made public the discovery of mass graves in which its members have been buried by the Army. http://bit.ly/1QWb6ll

UN rights chief alarmed by deepening crisis in Burundi

Voice of America reported on 1 February that UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he is alarmed by the deepening crisis in Burundi and warns action must be taken to stop the country’s descent toward a possible bloodbath. UN reports more than 400 people have been killed and around 3,500 arrested since President Pierre Nkurunziza declared he would run for a third term. Amnesty International’s report of several mass graves near the capital Bujumbura is adding to growing concerns of a Rwandan-style genocidal war breaking out in Burundi. He notes a group of UN independent experts investigating abuse in that country will soon issue a report on its findings. http://bit.ly/1JTZL3Z

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.