Daily World News Digest, 27 June 2017

Mexico: General Law on Enforced Disappearances

On Saturday, Lifegate, a development we portal based in Italy, reported on the two-year process through which the Mexican Congress has worked on the General Law on Enforced Disappearances. Currently, there exists no federal law targeting the crime of forced disappearances except for one article in the Criminal Code. http://bit.ly/2sbDEmc

Amnesty International irges Myanmar authorities to release journalists

On Monday, Amnesty International urged Myanmar authorities immediately to release three journalists, who were detained while carrying out their work in the conflict-afflicted northern Shan State. Aye Nai and Pyae Phone Naing, both reporters for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), and Thein Zaw (aka Lawi Weng), a reporter for the Irrawaddy newspaper, were arrested along with four other people they were travelling with. At present there is no information as to the identities of the four other detainees. http://bit.ly/2thDxFU

Hundreds missing in the war in Eastern Ukraine

The Washington Post featured a story on Monday about the hundreds who have gone missing in the war in Eastern Ukraine. The article highlights the story of Stanislav Aseev, a 27-year-old undercover journalist who was abducted. The United Nations has documented accounts of war crimes, recording arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances across the conflict zone, and on both sides, while investigations into complaints of torture are often corrupt and ineffectual, fueling a culture of impunity. http://wapo.st/2tQSMmd

Cambodia: Former Khmer Rouge leader denies genocide charges

On Friday, Asian Correspondent reported that the former Khmer Rouge head of state, 85-year-old Khieu Samphan, has denied responsibility for murders and rights abuses under his regime that were described in court by more than 100 witnesses. In 2014, a UN-backed tribunal sentenced Khieu to life in prison along with Nuon Chea, another senior leader after both were found guilty of crimes against humanity. The two were convicted of “extermination encompassing murder, political persecution, and other inhumane acts comprising forced transfer, enforced disappearances and attacks against human dignity’’. The charges centered on the forced exodus of millions of people from Cambodia’s cities and towns, and an execution site in the northwest where thousands of people were shot and buried in mass graves. http://bit.ly/2rWVWDn

More than 1,000 clandestine graves found in Mexico

Telesur reported on Sunday that more than 1,000 clandestine graves have been discovered in Mexico, with more than 2014 skulls found, according to a new report titled “Violence and terror: Findings on clandestine graves in Mexico”, which collected data from attorney generals’ offices in several states despite the fact that only 12 state attorneys general provided information. http://bit.ly/2t9UJfZ

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.