Daily World News Digest, 29 March 2018

First UN Report on War Crimes in Syria

In its first report presented on 28 March at the UN in Geneva, the head of the UN International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) on crimes in Syria says that war crimes investigators have collected an “unprecedented volume of information” documenting atrocities committed by all sides in the Syrian war. Catherine Marchi-Uhel added that by coordinating effectively with national jurisdictions, civil society and other international actors, the IIIM can play a role in promoting a more comprehensive accountability strategy for Syria, recognizing the combined role of multiple jurisdiction in ensuring an appropriate measure of justice. https://bit.ly/2Gh1bt1

Transitional justice in Nepal

Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Oli has stated that the transitional justice process in Nepal will not include any amnesties for serious human rights violations. Observers note that this would mean amending transitional justice legislation in line with the Supreme Court judgment of 2015, and removing all provisions that allow amnesties. It had been hoped that the government would take this step earlier this year, but despite widespread pressure it simply extended the tenure of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission on the Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP). https://bit.ly/2E1Shtm

Egypt: family disappears after raid by security forces

Four members of an Egyptian family, including a 14-month-old baby, are reported to have disappeared while travelling between Giza and Asyut south of Cairo on Saturday. Neighbors said the family’s home in Cairo was raided by security forces in the early hours of Sunday. https://bit.ly/2GFDwla

Philippines: calls for immediate release of detained Senator

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has adopted a resolution reiterating its deep concern over the continued pre-trial detention of Senator Leila de Lima more than a year after her arrest. It said that the IPU Committee mission report clearly shows that the steps taken against De Lima were in response to her vocal opposition to President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, including her denunciation of his alleged responsibility for extrajudicial killings, and that there is no serious evidence to justify the criminal cases against her. De Lima has been in detention since February 2017. https://bit.ly/2GkdwZr

 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.