Daily World News Digest, 23 May 2017

Cholera takes hold in war-weary Yemen

The Gulf Times reported on Monday that a cholera outbreak in Yemen has killed 315 and is suspected to have infected more than 29,300 since 27 April, according to the Ministry of Health. The country’s overcrowded prisons could be an ideal place for quick spread of the disease, the report says. Thousands of families have no contact with relatives detained in connection with the conflict and enforced disappearances and allegations of ill-treatment and deteriorating conditions further add to the plight of detainees and to families’ anxiety. http://bit.ly/2qPZiKC

Gambia: How to deal with past injustice

On Monday, All Africa carried a story on transitional justice in Gambia. The government has indicated that it is looking into the truth and reconciliation mechanism, the report says, while steps are also being taken to put security officials from the previous regime on trial. http://bit.ly/2q5PDRm

Human rights have greatly diminished in Thailand in last three years

Eleven, a news portal from Myanmar, reports today that during the three years of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) administration in Thailand, human rights in the country “have greatly diminished”. It says there have been multiple instances of enforced disappearance. http://bit.ly/2q5N3ut

Montenegrin activists to mark 25th anniversary of 60 Bosniaks gone missing

Balkan Insight reported on Tuesday that activists from human rights groups in Montenegro will lay wreaths on 25 May in front of the police headquarters in the town of Herceg Novi. Police are widely considered to bear some responsibility for the deportation of Bosniak refugees to their deaths in 1992. More than 60 Bosniaks and some ethnic Serbs were illegally detained and brought to the police headquarters, from where they were deported on buses to Bosnian Serb-controlled territory where most of them were killed and their remains have yet to be found. Nine former policemen indicted for the deportations were acquitted as a Podgorica superior court ruled that while the arrests were illegal, they did not constitute a war crime.  http://bit.ly/2rNHn4M

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.