Daily World News Digest, 21 September 2016

Sri Lanka Office of Missing Persons criticized in Geneva

The Ceylon News reported yesterday that Arulvathana Sundararajah, the wife of human rights activist Stephen Sundararajah, who was abducted in Colombo a few days before the end of the war in Sri Lanka in May 2009, has said that families of the disappeared cannot trust Sri Lanka’s judicial mechanism. Mrs Sundararajah was speaking at an event organized by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Other speakers included Sandhya Eknaligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, and members of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. http://bit.ly/2ct5PU6

Enforced disappearances in Balochistan

Times Now, a news portal from India, reports today on a statement by Baloch Republican Party leader Brahamadagh Bugti in which he accuses Pakistan of extreme human rights violations and mass killings in Balochistan. “Since 13 August, nearly 260 women have been abducted; 650 cases of enforced disappearance were reported (since January), and a whopping 230 cases of extra-judicial killings were recorded,” the article says. It also reports that on Tuesday Baloch Republican Party representative Abdul Nawaz Bugti highlighted the issue of forced disappearance and custodial killings in Balochistan at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. http://bit.ly/2d16Q5j

European Parliament resolution on the Philippines

The International Federation for Human Rights reports today on the European Parliament resolution, adopted on 15 September, condemning extrajudicial killings in the Philippines by vigilantes and in police operations linked to the high-profile anti-drug campaign sponsored by President Rodrigo Duterte. The resolution calls on the authorities to set up a national mechanism for the prevention of torture and to ratify without delay the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, and to criminalize enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions in its national legislation. http://bit.ly/2cQq8K3

Risk of genocide in Burundi

The Daily Mail reported yesterday that UN investigators have said that Burundi’s government is behind systematic human rights violations, including executions and torture, and have warned of the looming risk of “genocide”. In response, the Burundi authorities have accused the UN of bias, saying its investigators were “politically motivated” and their conclusions based on anonymous and unverifiable sources. The report by three independent experts said “gross human rights violations have and are taking place, committed primarily by state agents and those linked to them.” http://dailym.ai/2cYvrJK

Medical student latest victim of enforced disappearance in Egypt

The Middle East Monitor reported yesterday that the Alkarama organization has referred the case of Abdelrahman Gamal Mohamed Ahmed to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) and has asked the WGEID to request information from the Egyptian authorities on his location. Alkarama says the 23-year-old medical student was abducted by Egyptian security forces on 25 August this year, without a warrant or a reason for his arrest. Ahmed’s family still don’t know where he is being held. http://bit.ly/2diyT28

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.