Daily World News Digest, 28 January 2019

Amnesty: Sri Lanka must fulfil commitments on truth and justice

Amnesty International has urged Sri Lanka to fulfil commitments to truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence made in 2015. In a new report, Amnesty highlights key advances – including the establishment of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) – but urges implementation of related initiatives, including the establishment of an Office on Reparations. http://bit.ly/2DEdwEE

DR Congo: 50 mass graves discovered

AFP cites a report by the UN Joint Human Rights Office saying that more than 50 mass graves, as well as common and individual graves, have been located in Yumbi in western Mai-Ndombe province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. http://bit.ly/2B5Py3x

Ethiopia to charge suspects over mass graves

The remains of at least 300 people have been discovered in mass graves at four separate locations in Zenabu Tunu state in Ethiopia, Bloomberg reports. The authorities say they have charged at least 46 people suspected of being involved in the deaths. Six arrests have been made. https://bloom.bg/2G6jdgm

Mediterranean: Italy refuses docking rights to migrant vessel

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has threatened to take legal action against the crew of a migrant rescue boat stranded off Sicily, accusing them of supporting illegal immigration, Al Jazeera reports. Italy has called on the Dutch government to accept the 47 migrants aboard the Dutch-flagged Sea-Watch 3, which is operated by a German-run charity. Several Italian cities have offered to welcome the Sea-Watch 3, but it is up to the national government to give docking rights to the vessel. http://bit.ly/2HBOBFM

Ireland: survivors of mother and baby homes to sue

Survivors of mother and baby homes in Ireland gathered in the First Mothers association are set to sue the state and religious orders for hundreds of millions of euros, the Irish Mirror reports. A commission was established in 2015 to investigate the discovery of hundreds of human remains at a mother and baby home in Tuam in the west of Ireland. A final report was due last year but a one-year extension was sought and a second one-year extension was granted earlier this week. Last year, Irish First Mothers accused the commission of inquiry of misleading survivors who wanted to give sworn testimony. http://bit.ly/2MBp921

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.