Daily World News Digest, 25 July 2017

Transitional justice in Nepal

The Kathmandu Post publishes an article today criticizing Nepal’s transitional justice system which, it says, “creates a gap between the mainstream (the state) and the margins (the victims).” The paper argues that The Truth and Reconciliation Committee and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons “lack a clear investigation procedure, confidentiality and protection measures for victims and witnesses, and evidence protection methods. They have no strategy to protect the whole process from potential intimidation and influence from perpetrators in powerful positions.” http://bit.ly/2vF1g0w

US-Mexico: smugglers have “absolutely no regard for human life”

The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that James Matthew Bradley Jr., the driver of a truck in which 10 migrants died on Sunday while trying to cross the US-Mexico border, has been charged with “transporting illegal aliens,” a crime punishable by life imprisonment or death if the crime results in a death. “These human smugglers crammed more than 100 people into a tractor trailer in the stifling Texas summer heat,” Thomas Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in a statement. “Human smugglers have repeatedly demonstrated that they have absolutely no regard for human life.” http://lat.ms/2gZf2Yz 

Enforced disappearances in Bangladesh

The Daily Star from Bangladesh publishes an article today arguing that “over the last 10 years, nothing has changed in terms of extrajudicial executions. Bangladesh has a predominant culture of political intolerance between the two major political parties—Bangladesh Awami League and BNP. But at one point, both the parties act alike, using law enforcement agencies to hunt down political opponents.” The paper cites a 6 July 2017 Human Rights Watch report that lists extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and secret detentions, including that of opposition activists. According the report, “Human rights organizations and media have documented over 90 people ‘disappeared’ in 2016, of whom 21 were later found dead. The whereabouts of nine remain unknown at the time of writing. The others, after varying periods of secret detention, were ‘released’ before being formally arrested.” http://bit.ly/2uSEZ1R

Support for missing persons law in Sri Lanka

The Island newspaper from Sri Lanka published an opinion piece on Monday arguing that by signing into law the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) bill, President Maithripala Sirisena “has sent a strong message that he is committed to the national reconciliation process”. The paper says the OMP “has the best potential among the other institutions that feel called upon to take a leading role in restoring to victims’ families a sense of the battle of good and evil in this world.” http://bit.ly/2uvS4LR

Sri Lanka government urged to disclose whereabouts of missing relatives

FirstPost.com reported yesterday that Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party, TNA, has demanded concrete action from President Maithripala Sirisena on disclosing the whereabouts of their relatives who are still missing eight years after the end of the country’s nearly three-decade-long civil war. In a letter to Sirisena they demanded the government disclose names of all the detainees and the places where they were being held besides allowing their relatives to visit them. http://bit.ly/2eK4hbP

Iraqi government “not sure” if kidnapped Indians are alive

As reported by Zeenews.india.com, Iraqi Foreign Minister Dr. Ibrahim Abdul-Kareem Hamza Al-Eshaiker Al-Jaafari said on Monday that his government is “not 100 percent sure” whether 39 missing Indian laborers kidnapped by ISIS in Mosul in June 2014 are dead or alive. The Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Ibrahim Al-Eshaiker Al-Jafari, who is visiting India until 28 July. Sushma Swaraj also met with families of the abducted persons. http://bit.ly/2tyjnnr

The Srebrenica Refugee Camp that Never Closed

BalkanInsight on Monday covered the story of 400 female relatives and survivors of the 1995 genocide who still live in a rundown temporary camp where they found shelter, and say they will never return home, a hundred kilometers from Srebrenica. http://bit.ly/2uSDpgv

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.