Daily World News Digest, 27 June 2016

More than 3,300 migrants rescued off Libya

Yahoo News reported on 26 June that a total of 3,324 migrants were rescued off Libya on Sunday in 26 different operations, according to the Italian coastguard, bringing to more than 10,000 the total saved since Thursday. There were no reports of confirmed or suspected casualties after the operations to pick up migrants packed on to 25 rubber dinghies and one wooden boat, all of which were rescued less than 35 miles from the Libyan coast. Coastguard and navy boats took part in the rescues, along with vessels operated by Eunavformed, the EU borders agency Frontex and the charities Doctors without Borders (MSF) and Sea Watch. http://yhoo.it/28XMmcB

Sri Lanka wants the world to forget about justice for war victims. Please don’t

The Guardian carried an opinion piece on 27 June regarding the resolution of October 2015 co-sponsored by the government of Sri Lanka and the US, promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, which was adopted at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The piece argues that the Sri Lanka government has been “backsliding from implementing its own commitments, promises and obligations made at the UNHRC”. In contradiction to the adopted resolution, which called for international involvement, including that of international judges to investigate wartime atrocities during the final stages of the war, it notes that Sri Lanka has instead insisted on setting up a domestic-only mechanism. http://bit.ly/28YnzaY

Bangladesh: allegations of systematic enforced disapearance

Naya Diganta, a daily from Bangladesh, reported on 26 June allegation by a member of the opposition BNP party, Moudud Ahmed, that the government is pursuing a policy of “extremism, militancy, clandestine killings and enforced disappearances”. He is quoted as saying that the “Awami League pledged in its election manifesto that it would bring an end to extrajudicial killings if voted to power. But after coming to power, they have forgotten it.” He was speaking in Dhaka at an event to mark International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. http://bit.ly/28WCtJq

Central African Republic: HRW says police unit responsible for unlawful executions

Human Rights Watch (hrw) issued a statement on 27 June saying that members of a special anti-crime unit in the Central African Republic unlawfully executed at least 18 people and possibly more between April 2015 and March 2016. It cites the former director of the unit, the Central Office for the Repression of Banditry (Office Central de Répression du Banditisme, OCRB) as playing a role in the killings. http://bit.ly/28XPrGx

Maoist rebels in Nepal hope justice will be served 10 years after end of civil war

South Asia, reported on 24 June on the process by which families of victims are appealing to commissions established to investigate atrocities committed during the 1996-2006 conflict. More than 17,000 people were killed, 1,300 people disappeared and thousands were displaced. The peace deal signed between Maoists and government forces included plans for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a Commission for Enforced Disappearances. But Nepal only established the two bodies in 2015 after years of political infighting over how to bring justice to victims of abuses committed by both sides. Activists say the delay reflects authorities’ reluctance to find the perpetrators, many of whom still occupy positions in the military and political parties. http://bit.ly/28WOizv

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.