Daily World News Digest, 28 August 2017

“Mass killings, enforced disappearances” of Rohingya in Myanmar

The Asian Legal Resource Center (ALRC) and the ODHIKAR Coalition for Human Rights have called on the UN Human Rights Council to take note of the situation of the Rohingya community in Rakhine state in Myanmar. “The ALRC and Odhikar seek immediate, effective action from the international human rights community to protect the victims of Rohingya Muslim community from ethnic cleansing by the military and security forces of Myanmar,” the two groups said in a statement, adding that the Rohingya “are the victims of gross human rights violations, including mass killings, enforced disappearances, torture, rape and arson attacks”. http://bit.ly/2vBTinO

Anglicans pray for freedom of abducted activists in Malaysia

The Synod of the ​Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia on 25 August issued a statement expressing concern over the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh. Thursday will mark the 200th day since Koh’s disappeared, along with Pastor Joshua Hilmi, his wife Ruth, and Muslim activist Amri Che Mat. The Anglican Church said many unanswered questions remain over who abductions. A coalition of NGOs called Citizen Action Group on Enforced Disappearance has claimed that the disappearances of the four were abductions by state agents, an assertion mainly based on the lack of ransom demands. The Home Ministry has denied political interference in any of the four cases. http://bit.ly/2wb2p29

Dealing with enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka

Ahead of this Wednesday’s International Day of the Disappeared, the Sri Lankan Mirror has published an analysis of efforts to deal with thousands of cases of enforced disappearance from the country’s 25-year conflict. It notes that on 22 May last year the government of President Maithripala Sirisena introduced and gazetted a bill to establish the Office on Missing Persons (OMP). While the OMP initiative must be applauded, “it cannot be said that the measure is sufficient,” the article says, though it acknowledges that establishing the OMP “is an applaudable first step to eradicate this nasty criminal practice of disappearing opponents”. http://bit.ly/2wV0X4K

France hosts migration summit

French President Emmanuel Macron will host a meeting on Paris on Monday at which diplomats from France, Germany, Italy and Spain will join leaders from Chad, Niger and Libya to explore ways of dealing with the Mediterranean migration crisis, which has resulted in the deaths of thousands of unidentified migrants and refugees trying to cross the Sahara and the Mediterranean. http://reut.rs/2xqf3ZA

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.