Daily World News Digest, 27 February 2019

Amnesty warns of growing impunity in the Middle East and North Africa

Amnesty International’s annual survey of the human rights situation in the Middle East and North Africa underlines ongoing crackdowns on dissent and civil society in Egypt, Iran and Saudi Arabia and condemns what it describes as growing impunity across the region, Associated Press reports. http://bit.ly/2SpNKYU

Sri Lanka: government criticized for slow progress on accountability

The Tamil Guardian reports that families of the disappeared from northeast Sri Lanka have held a mass rally in Kilinochchi rejecting the prospect of Sri Lanka being given more time to deliver on its co-sponsored UN Human Rights Council resolution, under which it committed to provide justice and accountability. https://bit.ly/2TizCFh

South Sudan: widespread human rights abuses as conflict rages

The Guardian reports on the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan’s conclusion that routine and continuing abuses there “may amount to serious war crimes”. The commission stresses that crimes are persistent because “impunity is entrenched in South Sudan”, where “every kind of norm is broken”. http://bit.ly/2XnfaSS

Missing Indigenous Women in the Americas

The Los Angeles Times reports on the work of artist Jamie Black of Winnipeg, Canada, who uses red dresses to represent missing or murdered indigenous women. Black’s work aims to focus attention on missing women in Canada, but “this issue transcends borders and affects indigenous women throughout the Americas,” said Machel Monenerkit, deputy director of Washington’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington. https://lat.ms/2VhtZ7A

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.