Daily World News Digest, 24 February 2017

Activists urge investors to help Myanmar’s Rohingyas 

The Sacramento Bee reported yesterday that activists have urged Unilever, a major investor in Myanmar, to speak out against the country’s treatment of its Rohingya minority, which the UN has said may constitute “crimes against humanity.” “Silence in the face of genocide, whilst doing business, is simply not an option,” said Britain-based campaign organizer Jamila Hanan. Rights groups accuse the Myanmar army of burning homes, mass killings, disappearances, and rape in their sweeping counterinsurgency campaign in Rakhine state, where most of the estimated one million Rohingya live. http://bit.ly/2lfXQfa

Kenya has no database of killings, enforced disappearances

Nairobi News reports today that Kenya has become the leading country in Africa in cases of police shootings and killing of civilians. A total of 122 people were killed in Kenya last year by the police. The reports says the figures would have been higher were it not for the lack of an official database of police killings and enforced disappearances. http://bit.ly/2mrkYrk 

UN experts seek international court ruling on North Korean human rights violations 

The Japan Times carries an article today stating that, in a report released ahead of a session of the UN Human Rights Council, two legal experts have called on the international community to bring human rights violations by the North Korean government before the International Criminal Court. The report compiled by the UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in North Korea finds that crimes against humanity, including extermination, enslavement, enforced disappearance and deliberate starvation, have been and continue to be committed “pursuant to policies established at the highest level of the state,” adding that the scale and gravity of these crimes have no “parallel in the contemporary world.” http://bit.ly/2lMgCOc

Report: China continues human rights violations in Tibet

The Tibet Post reports today that the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) based in Dharamsala, North India, said on Thursday that China has continued “its egregious human rights violations and abuses in Tibet by criminalizing basic human rights and freedoms, and engaging in arbitrary detention, torture, enforced disappearance, collective punishment and environmental destruction.” The 191-page report highlights tightened controls over the right to freedom of expression, privacy, religion, and assembly. In addition, it focuses on the substantial barriers faced by Tibetans in accessing the Chinese justice system due to what it describes as a “politicized and emasculated judiciary”. http://bit.ly/2menpkZ

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.