Daily World News Digest, 26 April 2017

Rohingya Exodus feature story

On Tuesday Reuters carried a story on the crisis in Rakhine state in northwest Myanmar. In November, Myanmar’s army swept through Rohingya villages in the state. Hundreds of Rohingya were killed and some 75,000 fled to Bangladesh. The article features the story of Rahim, a Rohingya schoolteacher now in Bangladesh.  The attack on Rahim’s village, Dar Gyi Zar, on 12-13 November, claimed dozens of lives, according to Rohingya elders. The killings marked the start of a two-week military onslaught on about 10 Rohingya villages, a Reuters reconstruction of events has found. A UN report from February said the likely death toll was in the hundreds. At least 1,500 homes were destroyed, Human Rights Watch satellite imagery shows. http://reut.rs/2phkQNL

Video appears to show murder of two UN experts in DR Congo

The Guardian reported on Monday on a video that appears to show the murder of two UN experts in the Democratic Republic of Congo. American Michael Sharp, Swedish-Chilean dual national Zaida Catalán and their interpreter Betu Tshintela were kidnapped on 12 March while on a mission to the Kasai Central province, where rebels have intensified an anti-government insurgency in recent weeks that has left dozens dead on both sides. Their bodies were found two weeks later. DR Congo’s government showed the film to reporters in Kinshasa on Monday, saying it showed members of an anti-government militia carrying out the act. http://bit.ly/2p31A7T

Israel: Palestinians detained without trial

On Tuesday Al Jazeera featured a story about Kifah Quzmar, one of tens of the Palestinian students and youths arrested in recent weeks. More than 70 international organizations and student groups around the world have signed a statement asking for his release, after Kifah began a four-day hunger strike to protest spending 19 days under interrogation without access to a lawyer, and the continued extension of his detention without charge. According to Israeli military law, which applies to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, a prisoner can be held without indictment for 90 days, which can be extended for another 90 days. http://bit.ly/2pkedfH

The legacy of Argentina’s death flights

On Tuesday, The Guardian featured a photo gallery on the legacy of Argentina’s “death flights”. Italian photographer Giancarlo Ceraudo has chronicled the legacy of the death flights – one of the methods by which the country’s military killed thousands of its political opponents. Ceraudo has spent 15 years documenting the victims of Argentina’s purge of political opponents – and the ongoing search for justice and closure. http://bit.ly/2oIz603

UN Committee addresses enforced disappearances in Pakistan

Yesterday, The Business Standard, from Pakistan, reported that the UN Committee against Torture has raised serious concerns over widespread torture, enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings in Pakistan. “Some 1,200 cases of enforced disappearances had been registered since 2010, while 487 cases of alleged torture had been documented by non-governmental organizations during the 2014 to 2016 period. The specific prohibition of torture in the law was very narrow, as it included only torture for purposes of extracting a confession,” the committee said. http://bit.ly/2oKAVKK

Sri Lankans “united in lack of faith in justice”

Human Rights Watch published an article on Tuesday on what it says is a lack of faith in justice in Sri Lanka, regarding the tens of thousands of enforced disappearances, killings, torture and sexual violence, and other grave human rights abuses perpetrated by all sides during Sri Lanka’s nearly three decades of civil war. “In this country of 20 million, 200,000 people have died in violent conflicts since 1983. Injustices are three decades old, but the wounds run as deep as ever.” http://bit.ly/2oIDSL3

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.