Daily World News Digest, 22 September 2016

Nepal: war criminals will be prosecuted

Kathmandu Post reports today that Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said on Wednesday that those found guilty of committing serious crimes during the decade-long conflict will be prosecuted. Two transitional justice bodies – the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons – were set up in February last year, almost nine years after the peace agreement was signed. They started collecting complaints only in March this year and now have around five months to investigate thousands of complaints. The delay in establishing the transitional bodies and amending the bill on the Enforced Disappearances Enquiry, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act in line with the Supreme Court orders as well as international laws and transitional justice process has stoked fears among conflict victims and rights activists that they will be deprived of justice. http://bit.ly/2dlrRts

Migrant boat capsizes off Egyptian coast

The Guardian reported yesterday that dozens of people have died and officials fear hundreds more have been lost at sea after a boat carrying 600 migrants capsized off the north Egyptian coast, as world leaders gathered at a summit in New York to discuss the refugee crisis. Thousands of people have lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean, with nearly 3,000 dead or missing in the first eight months of this year. http://bit.ly/2d4isqS

Mexico: Two years on, inaction on Ayotzinapa

Amnesty International published an article yesterday accusing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto of a “cynical response” to the enforced disappearance of 43 students in the state of Guerrero two years ago. It said the failure to ensure an effective investigation illustrates “the Mexican government’s ongoing reckless approach to human rights”. http://bit.ly/2d1FbCV

UN: Positive steps in Mexico missing student case

Yahoo.com reports today that a UN human rights official met Wednesday with parents of 43 Mexican students missing since 2014 and praised the much-criticized authorities for looking into new lines of investigation in the unsolved case. “We have seen in recent weeks some indications that they are already investigating other leads,” Jan Jarab, the representative in Mexico of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, told reporters. “It seems like a positive thing to me, although we will obviously follow the process.” http://yhoo.it/2cXUHw3

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.