Daily World News Digest, 27 February 2015

Tamil organizations reject Sri Lanka’s Commission on Missing Persons

The Tamil Guardian reported on 26 February that the Tamil Civil Society Forum and the Welfare Organization for Forcibly Disappeared Persons have announced that they will boycott Sri Lanka’s Presidential Commission on Missing Persons, stating that a “credible inquiry” can “only be achieved through international means.” The groups said the Commission “continues to function under the new government without rectifying any of the concerns realized by civil society activists and those affected,” and argued that to appear before the current Commission would give it “a stamp of legitimacy”.  http://bit.ly/1LQaWHl

Violent arrests at rally for 43 missing students in Mexico

Russia Today reported on 27 February that Mexican police violently arrested protesters rallying on 26 February in Mexico City to mark the five-month anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero September. The spokesman for the families, Felipe de la Cruz, called the disappearance a “state crime” that “should not go unpunished”, according to news agency EFE. http://bit.ly/1Gyy5LB

Kosovo Serb Politician’s Custody Extended

BalkanInsight reported on 26 February that Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, who is on trial for war crimes, has been remanded for another two months despite a renewed plea from Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic for Ivanovic to be freed on bail during his trial. Ivanovic is accused of ordering the murder of ethnic Albanians in Mitrovica on 14 April 1999, and, along with another person, of inciting the killing of ethnic Albanians during unrest that erupted after 3 February 2000, when many Albanians were driven from their homes. http://bit.ly/1Afe871

Interpol Seeks Arrest of 17 Serbian Fighters

BalkanInsight reported on 25 February that Interpol has issued red notices for 17 former members of Serbian forces, including a ruling party MP, over allegations that they committed war crimes in Kosovo in April 1999. Interpol issued notices calling for the arrest of the current head of Serbia’s parliamentary committee for security Momir Stojanovic and 16 others who were part of Belgrade’s forces during the war in Kosovo. The men are suspected of involvement in the murders of more than 300 Kosovo Albanians in late April 1999. http://bit.ly/1wjKqNx

Central African Republic: surge in violence triggers new displacement

The StarAfrica news portal reported on 24 February that an upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has triggered fresh displacement inside the country and across the border into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to UNHCR. UNHCR said it had received alarming reports of sexual violence by armed elements from CAR. In total more than 893,000 people have been forcibly displaced by violence in CAR. Some 442,000 are displaced inside the country; 451,000 are living in exile, mainly in Cameroon (245,000), Chad (94,000), DRC (88,000), and the Republic of the Congo (24,000). http://oran.ge/1E2M12c

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.