Daily World News Digest, 23 March 2017

Sri Lanka should implement its UN commitments 

Human Rights Watch released an statement yesterday acknowledging the Sri Lankan government’s engagement with the international community, including with the UN’s special procedures, over the last two years. However, it expressed concern over the slow pace of implementing Human Rights Council resolution 30/1, which involves the establishment of transitional justice mechanisms. The promised office on enforced disappearances has yet to be established, although enabling legislation was passed in June 2016. Human Rights Watch urged the government to develop a timetable for implementing all the elements in the resolution. http://bit.ly/2nfHaIg

More mass graves found in Democratic Republic of Congo

The Daily Nation, from Kenya, carries an AFP story today reporting that investigators have found 10 mass graves in the Kasai region of central Democratic Republic of Congo. The remote region has been plagued by violence since mid-August when government forces killed a tribal chief and militia leader, Kamwina Nsapu, who had rebelled against the government of President Joseph Kabila. Clashes between government forces and Nsapu supporters began in central Kasai, but the violence has since spilled over to the neighboring provinces of Kasai-Oriental and Lomami, leaving at least 400 people dead. http://bit.ly/2o7QPxM

Demonstrators in Abuja call for release of El-Zakzaky

AllAfrica published an article yesterday reporting a demonstration in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Wednesday by members of the Islamic Movement demanding the release of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife, who have been in detention since December 2015, despite a court order for their release. El-Zakzaky was arrested at the same time several hundred Shiite were killed by government forces in the town of Zaria in Northern Nigeria. Many of the victims were reportedly buried in mass graves, and no army personnel have been prosecuted in relation to this event. http://bit.ly/2nLI40D

Refugee Children living in “abysmal conditions”

Reuters released an article yesterday on a report by the Council of Europe concerning mainly child refugees. The report says migrant children reaching Europe are exposed to sexual abuse and forced labor and lack access to education or healthcare, with some put in detention centers in violation of their rights. Unaccompanied children are not always identified, registered and provided with a guardian. Without a guardian and suitable care, such children may be exposed to serious protection risks, such as sexual exploitation, and are more likely to go missing. A lack of alternatives to detention is one of the most damaging structural problems affecting children, which urgently needs to be addressed. The Council of Europe said it would strive to end “this violation of children’s rights”. http://bit.ly/2nqptpy

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.