Daily World News Digest, 22 September 2017

UN to investigate Da’esh crimes

The UN Security Council has asked Secretary-General António Guterres to establish an independent investigative team to support domestic efforts to hold Da’esh accountable for its actions in Iraq. By the terms of resolution 2379 (2017), adopted unanimously on Thursday morning, the team would collect, preserve, and store evidence of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the terrorist group in Iraq. More than 3,000 Yezidi women and girls are still held captive by Da’esh forces in Iraq. http://bit.ly/2xzfCTv

Amnesty: UN resolution “threatens to entrench impunity”

The UN resolution on investigating Da’esh crimes “falls short of what is needed to stamp out a dangerous culture of impunity and could fuel further abuses,” Amnesty International said in a statement issued on Thursday. “The resolution crucially fails to include any provisions to ensure accountability for crimes committed by Iraqi forces and others responsible for grave violations of international law, including war crimes, during the conflict. Amnesty urged the Security Council “to treat this resolution as a first step” and said it has documented serious violations of international humanitarian law not only by Da’esh but by Iraqi government forces, paramilitary militias, and coalition forces in Iraq. http://bit.ly/2xiDhb5

Nepal’s “flawed” transitional justice system

As Nepal bids this week to become one of 47 members on the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), critics have suggested the government should focus on human rights priorities at home. A member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) urged the government “to act on other issues before focusing on a seat on the HRC.” Since it was created in 2000, just 38 of the NHRC’s recommendations have been fully implemented, 138 partially enacted and 214 await action. A recent paper by the International Commission of Jurists argued that the two commissions created as part of Nepal’s transitional justice system, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission to Investigate Enforced Disappearances, have a “deeply flawed legal mandate”. http://bit.ly/2wL4grp

Harsh conditions for Rohingya refugees as children make up about 60 percent

Children make up about 60 percent of more than 420,000 people who have poured in to Bangladesh over the last four weeks— Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. UNICEF has so far counted more than 1,400 children who have crossed the border with neither parent. Many have even younger siblings to take care of. Aid agencies such as UNICEF and MSF who are working with children in these camps say they’re barely scratching the surface when it comes to addressing their mental and physical well-being. http://bit.ly/2hmnvFP

After 75 years DNA enables identifying sailor killed during Pearl Harbor attack

The remains of a New Jersey man killed 75 years ago during the attack on Pearl Harbor have been positively identified. A DNA match was obtained in April 2017 and on 8 September the remains of Ensign William Manley Thompson were laid to rest in Virginia and a new grave marker was added. “You feel a sense of completion and justice” said his niece Marjorie Thompson as he way laid to rest. http://bit.ly/2wF3ZLL

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.