Daily World News Digest, 24 September 2018

Challenges with transitional justice in Sri Lanka

The government of Sri Lanka had fallen far short on crucial transitional justice efforts drawing from the commitments made in an October 2015, Human Rights Watch reports. The government had promised the United Nations Human Rights Council that it would create four separate justice mechanisms and carry out security sector reforms, land returns, and reconciliation measures. The Office of Missing Persons (OMP) was established earlier this year, and the commissioners, have published an interim report. However, families of victims of enforced disappearances have been holding street-side vigils for well over a year. http://bit.ly/2PXjaoD

Mexico: Children’s remains found in mass grave

Mexican authorities have found remains of children along with adults at a mass grave site in Veracruz state, the Washington Times reports. 174 bodies have been found last week and the National Commission of Missing Persons posted online hundreds of pictures of clothing to give family members a tool to possibly identify missing loved ones. Mexico is overdue for a nationwide DNA database that family members could supply with samples to help identify the missing. http://bit.ly/2MY9x73

One dead after migrant boat capsizes in Turkey

At least one person drowned and 16 others were rescued after a boat capsized off the Bodrum district of Turkey’s southwestern Mugla province on Sunday, Hürriyet Daily News reports. The migrants were trying to reach the Greek island of Kos. http://bit.ly/2py8P7e

Amnesty calls China to end arbitrary detention of Uighur

China must end its campaign of systematic repression and shed light on the fate of up to one million predominantly Muslim people arbitrarily detained in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR), Amnesty International said. The past year has seen an intensifying government campaign of mass internment, intrusive surveillance, political indoctrination and forced cultural assimilation against the region’s Uighurs, Kazakhs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups. Most of the detainees’ families have been kept in the dark about their loved ones’ fate and are often too frightened to speak out, report says. http://bit.ly/2I9YAyA

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.