Daily World News Digest, 20 November 2018

Sri Lanka: authorities “must not disrupt investigations” into disappearances

Responding to the transfer of a key police officer responsible for high-profile human rights cases, Amnesty International has urged the authorities in Sri Lanka not to impede ongoing criminal investigations, including investigations into attacks against journalists and disappearances. https://bit.ly/2BiP5LB

Japan: reparations to Korean former “comfort women” under scrutiny

In a report on Japan’s implementation of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances, has expressed concern over a lack of reparations paid to Korean women, who were forced to work in Japanese wartime brothels, The Japan Times reports. https://bit.ly/2KiVDwQ

Nairobi: ICC takes suspect into custody in CAR investigation

Human Rights Watch notes that as the International Criminal Court (ICC) takes its first suspect into custody in its investigation of serious crimes committed in the Central African Republic since 2012, the ICC “has a new opportunity to deliver justice to victims” who “want and deserve to see perpetrators held to account.” https://bit.ly/2BghthG

Texas: mass grave may suspend construction of school

Authorities have suspended construction of a school in Texas following the discovery of an unmarked cemetery on the construction site, where prisoners – among them former slaves – are believed to have been buried a century ago, the Washington Post reports. https://wapo.st/2ORlzAg


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.