Daily World News Digest, 26 January 2018

Pakistan: “institutions have failed on enforced disappearances’

Pakistan Peoples Party Senator Farhatullah Babar addressing the National Commission for Human Rights said that Parliament, the Supreme Court, the National Commission for Human Rights and other institutions have failed to address the issue of enforced disappearances. According to the Inquiry Commission on Enforced Disappearances, a total of 4,516 cases of alleged enforced disappearances have been recorded till 30 November 2017 since the inception of the commission. http://bit.ly/2DIOSEg

Former leader of the Gambia could face extradition

President Adama Barrow of the Gambia has said the authorities will seek to extradite and prosecute his predecessor Yahya Jammeh, who is living in exile in Equatorial Guinea, if a national inquiry into human rights abuses recommends this. In December, a commission was established to examine state crimes during Jammeh’s 22-year tenure. Human rights groups have documented alleged systematic torture, enforced disappearances and other rights abuses under the Jammeh regime. http://bit.ly/2Ed8NIs

Extrajudicial killings in Libya

Libyan military commander Mahmoud al-Werfalli has been accused of summarily executing nine men at the site of a recent car bombing in Benghazi. The UN Libya mission, UNSMIL, has demanded that Werfalli be handed to the International Criminal Court after images surfaced online appearing to show him carrying out the extrajudicial killings. http://bit.ly/2DMQlsy

Indonesia urged to investigate reports of mass graves containing Dutch war dead

The Netherlands has urged Indonesia to investigate reports that the remains of Dutch sailors from illegally salvaged World War II shipwrecks off its coast were dumped in a mass grave. The request comes after reports earlier this month that human remains were recovered from three Dutch shipwrecks, sunk during the decisive 1942 Battle of the Java Sea. According to an Indonesian investigative website, the remains were buried in an unmarked grave on eastern Java. http://bit.ly/2BwZyQM

Colombia “struggles to implement the peace deal”

An opinion piece in Green Left Weekly argues that the peace process between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is in crisis. The complex work of implementing the social programs designed to eradicate the root causes of the conflict, such as land reform, rural development and voluntary crop substitution, have yet to get properly underway, while a sense of urgency around saving the peace process has intensified due to the presidential elections in May this year. http://bit.ly/2nd9bPq

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.