Daily World News Digest, 23 February 2017

Kenya: Security forces accused of responsibility for enforced disappearances

Standard Digital, a news portal from Kenya, published an article today on the conclusions regarding Kenya that appear in Amnesty International’s Annual Report. The Amnesty report says that security forces in the country have been responsible for numerous enforced disappearances, executions and cases of torture in the name of counter-terror operations. It also accuses police in Kenya of using excessive and lethal force to disperse demonstrators, and it accuses state security organs of harassing political opposition, anti-corruption groups, civil society, journalists and bloggers. http://bit.ly/2l2Q9YD

Montenegro: threats against journalists continue

SeeNews reported yesterday on the findings in Amnesty International’s Annual Report related to Montenegro, where, Amnesty said, journalists continue to receive threats. It said the authorities had not acted on the recommendations of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances to include disappearance as a separate criminal offence in the Criminal Code. The authorities also failed to enable access to justice and reparation for victims. http://bit.ly/2mfk2XO

Amnesty International: Thai human rights ‘deteriorate’ 

The BangkokPost carried a story on the Amnesty Annual Report, which noted that the military authorities in Thailand have “further restricted human rights during the past year”. Among other things, Amnesty called on Thailand to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, which it signed in 2012. http://bit.ly/2maCvrp

LGBT activists freed in Eastern Ukraine

Human Rights Watch reported yesterday on the case of Seroe Fioletovoe, a Russian transgender person, and Victoria Miroshnichenko, who arrived in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) on 31 January to stage a public performance in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. They were immediately detained by DNR security services, and were held incommunicado for two weeks, after which they were released unharmed. HRW cites the story as “evidence of the lawlessness of the security services in the separatist-held regions of eastern Ukraine”. http://bit.ly/2maD3hi

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.