Daily World News Digest, 2 February 2018

Pattern of human rights violations in Myanmar

Yanghee Lee, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said on Thursday that recent reports of attacks against civilians, homes, places of worship and villagers; sexual violence; arbitrary arrests; and torture and enforced disappearances in Myanmar follow a pattern established over generations. “While reports from Rakhine state have rightly provoked international outrage; for many in Myanmar, they have elicited a tragic sense of déjà vu,” she said, adding that the civilian Government is “persisting with repressive practices of the past.” http://bit.ly/2FAtH3Y

“Migrants are more profitable than drugs”

More than 80 percent of women brought to Europe from Nigeria are unknowingly “sponsored” by sex traffickers who have paid for their journey, according to the International Organization for Migration. The rest will have paid the smugglers to get them to Europe, but once they get there, will be unlikely to escape the sex-trafficking rings. An in-depth feature in The Guardian examines the systematic exploitation of migrants by criminal groups in Italy, leading to the disappearance of vulnerable women and girls. http://bit.ly/2GCqDFO

Journalists face threat of enforced disappearance

Data published by press freedom organizations indicates that the threats faced by journalists worldwide are increasing. Reporters Without Borders has already recorded the deaths of two journalists in January and the imprisonment of 189 others. Journalists are threatened by extrajudicial executions, hostage taking, state-sanctioned surveillance, prosecution under obscure laws, public smear campaigns and more. In Mexico, for example, the number of journalists who have been killed, imprisoned or have disappeared has risen steadily. http://wapo.st/2BOkuCI

Syria: children of the disappeared

Visiting Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp this week as a special envoy for the UNHCR, actress Angelina Jolie drew attention to children from Syria “who have been forced from their homes, whose family members have been killed or have disappeared, and who are struggling with trauma and illness.” The camp is the largest in the Middle East, housing more than 80,000 Syrians. Jolie said peace in Syria “cannot be built on impunity for the targeting of civilians by all sides of the conflict, the bombing of schools and hospitals, barrel bombs, torture, chemical weapons and rape used as a weapon of war.” http://bit.ly/2nsNyvm

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.