Daily World News Digest, 28 June 2016

Abandoned with no name: The Story of Unidentified Migrants

The Rai TV network from Italy reported on 27 June on the thousands of migrants who have died trying to reach Europe, noting that there is no integrated system to count deaths. It said bodies that are washed up on the coast are deposited without identification and without ceremony in graveyards of Southern Italy and Greece. Their families may never know their fate. http://bit.ly/28ZMN38

Report on Torture in Syria

The Syrian Network for Human Rights issued a report on 27 June on torture practices inside detention centers in Syria. The report, published on International Day in Support of Victims of Torture entitled: “Remaining Detainees Must Be Rescued” is based on the Network’s archive built through daily monitoring and documenting since 2011. All statistics and numbers are recorded with names, pictures, place and date of death or detention and other details. http://bit.ly/294G9Ob

UN Rights chief to urge UNHRC to give Sri Lanka more time

The Colombo Gazette reports today that UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Ra’ad Al Hussein is to urge the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to give Sri Lanka more time to show more progress in several areas. In an advanced version of his oral update on Sri Lanka to be presented to the Council tomorrow, which has been made public, Zeid Al Ra’ad Al Hussein says overall, the Human Rights Council should be encouraged thus far by the steps that the Government of Sri Lanka has taken to implement some of the key commitments made in Resolution 30/1, and the consultations and preparations now underway to further elaborate and design the transitional justice mechanisms. http://bit.ly/290mIUk

Rwanda: human rights policies under review

AllAfrica reported on 25 June that the United Nations wants Rwanda to implement at least 50 percent of the human rights recommendations provided under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by November 2017. At a UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva in March, Rwanda reaffirmed its commitment to protecting and ensuring human rights. However, the speed at which the country is implementing the 50 recommendations that it accepted has come under scrutiny. http://bit.ly/29aWcqY

Nepal: ICTJ training on investigating enforced disappearances

The international Center for Transitional Justice reported on 27 June on training activities to support the work of the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) in Nepal. ICTJ said it is providing the CIEDP with technical and operational support necessary to tell the truth about Nepal’s disappeared. In order to achieve this goal, the CIEDP must carry out a number of different processes, including ante-mortem data collection – or the compilation of information involving the disappeared person before he or she disappeared, that are relevant to determining his or her whereabouts, it said. http://bit.ly/2945iqv

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.