Daily World News Digest, 24 October 2017

UN: Sri Lanka must step up progress on transitional justice

The Government of Sri Lanka has not made sufficient progress in fulfilling its commitments on transitional justice and related reform processes, Pablo de Greiff, a UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, has concluded after an official visit to the country. De Greiff said delays are fueling further politicization of discussion on transitional justice. However, he also acknowledged government progress in areas including constitutional reform, creating an Office of Missing Persons and a consultations task force, opening up space for public debate on transitional justice, the release of some land, and initial efforts to strengthen the judiciary. http://bit.ly/2h5vpka

EU warns of culture of impunity in the Philippines

According to the EU’s report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2016 the Philippines administration has not resolved the issue of impunity. The report notes that 31 human rights defenders were killed in the Philippines in 2016, with more than 40,000 drug suspects arrested and around 6,000 dead in the same period. The report added that President Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks have encouraged security forces to adopt “an aggressive approach” to those suspected of being associated with narcotics. http://bit.ly/2y1JmF7

HRW urges France to “stop ignoring Egypt’s Human Rights abuses”

Human Rights Watch has called on the French government to ensure that human rights are central to its relationship with Egypt. French President Emmanuel Macron was scheduled to hold his first meeting with President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi in Paris on 24 October. Al-Sisi was also to meet the heads of the French National Assembly and Senate. HRW has documented what it describes as an “assembly line” of enforced disappearance and torture by the Egyptian Interior Ministry’s National Security Agency. http://bit.ly/2yEpg8t

UK report addresses modern slavery

Police forces in the UK are failing to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking, according to a report by Britain’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services. The report found that victims are not always identified and investigations are closed prematurely. In one case, the inspectorate was told: “The public view is, they are not our girls.” The independent anti-slavery commissioner, Kevin Hyland, has said the number of people living in slavery in the UK is likely to be considerably higher than the current estimate of 13,000, adding the “true number is in the tens of thousands”. http://bit.ly/2yEhLOF

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.