Daily World News Digest, 24 April 2019

Nadia Murad calls for justice for Yezidi victims

Nobel laureate and former Da’esh captive Nadia Murad, at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the issue of sexual violence in conflict, has called on the international community to bring justice to Yezidis. Five years since thousands of ethnic Yezidi women were enslaved by the terror group in Iraq, not a single perpetrator has been brought to justice, Voice of America reports. http://bit.ly/2IUEPxp

Thailand: government to set up new missing persons plan

The Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIF) will lead the drafting of a master plan to facilitate the location of missing persons in adherence with international standards, Bangkok Post reports. The government has stated that the issue on missing persons is a vital one that must be addressed in a systematic form as disappearances are connected to the country’s national security. https://bit.ly/2GBK6qO

Myanmar: 54 people missing in a mine

Police declared that at least 54 people are missing after a mudslide occurred in a jade mine in Myanmar. According to the news agency, El Colombiano, the mine workers were submerged by a mudslide during the night and rescue efforts have so far managed to recover two bodies. (Original article in Spanish) https://bit.ly/2ITh5tu

The UN urges Chile to hold those responsible for enforced disappearances accountable

The United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances (OHCHR) called on Chile to be harsher in terms of forced disappearances. The committee noted with concern that 355 cases of kidnapping, illegal detention and torture have not gone through judicial proceedings, Monte Carlo reports. (Original article in Spanish) https://bit.ly/2KZQJsF

The ICC rejects request to investigate crimes including enforced disappearances in Afghanistan

The International Criminal Court (ICC) rejected a request to open an investigation into possible crimes against humanity and war crimes that occurred during the conflict in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch reports. The judges of the ICC believed that there was a basis to believe that torture, rape, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings occurred during the conflict in Afghanistan but that it would not be in ‘the interests of justice’ to move forward with the request. https://bit.ly/2UThmny

Items in the 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.