Daily World News Digest, 27 September 2016

Sri Lanka allows exhumation of journalist’s remains

The National Post, a Canadian news portal, reported yesterday that a Sri Lankan court on Thursday gave permission to police to exhume the remains of a newspaper editor killed seven years ago for a fresh investigation. Lasantha Wickrematunge, editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper, was killed while driving to work in January 2009. He was an investigative journalist who wrote about government corruption and a sharp critic of the then government’s alleged human rights violations during a civil war with ethnic Tamil rebels. A number of journalists were killed, reported as missing after being abducted by government paramilitaries, or beaten up under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s administration. No one has been convicted. http://bit.ly/2cyd9KQ

Wanted: a court to try Da’esh for war crimes

The National, a news portal from Abu Dhabi, reported yesterday that private war crimes investigators say they have a case to try ISIL’s leaders over the kidnapping of thousands of Yazidi women as sex slaves in 2014 as well as other crimes against humanity in Iraq, but cannot get the global backing needed for an international tribunal. Stephen Rapp, who stepped down as the Obama administration’s ambassador-at-large for war crimes last year, said the US should have moved early to help secure evidence of Da’esh atrocities and push for the creation of special Iraqi courts to try war crimes. http://bit.ly/2dnO37G

The search for Mexico’s missing 43 students

The Huffington Post carries an article today about a Mexican photojournalist who has documented the process of searching for the 43 students kidnapped in September 2014 in the town of Guerrero and who says their disappearance has become “a symbol of impunity and drug war-fueled violence in Mexico.” http://huff.to/2ddIx5P

Peace agreement is signed in Colombia after five decades of war

The New York Times carried a story yesterday on the peace agreement signed on Monday evening by the Colombian government and the country’s largest rebel group. The ceremony, held in Cartagena, brought an end to a 52-year-old war with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, whose Marxist insurgency marked the last major war in the Americas. http://nyti.ms/2dyIhPn

Pakistan court expresses “extreme displeasure” with government over missing persons cases

The Daily Times reports today that Sindh High Court on Monday expressed “extreme displeasure” over the government’s measures regarding missing persons’ cases. More than 50 cases of the detention of citizens have been heard by one judge, who expressed his dissatisfaction on the progress of the cases and remarked that the government’s steps are insufficient in this regard. http://bit.ly/2cRGX65

‘Kashmiris being bludgeoned and brutalised by India’

The Daily Times reports today that Tehmina Janjua, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, told the Human Rights Council that Indian forces are “bludgeoning and brutalizing innocent Kashmiris” to force them to give up their struggle for self determination. She highlighted cases of arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings and torture. http: //bit.ly/2dnNTNJ

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.