Daily World News Digest, 29 October 2018

Sri Lanka: concerns over Rajapaksa appointment

The Guardian reports on concerns expressed by human rights groups over the appointment of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the country’s new prime minister. Rajapaksa’s regime has been accused of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. https://bit.ly/2z9LkpM

Pakistan: infrastructure projects and enforced disappearance

Speakers at the 30th Annual Conference of the World Sindhi Congress have raised the issue of construction projects in Pakistan involving mega dams, citing the abduction of activists who oppose these projects, and “unprecedented abuses of human rights which include enforced disappearances”, Yahoo News reports. https://bit.ly/2Da2SpV

Yezidi mothers face heartbreaking choice

Many rescued Yezidi women who gave birth to children while enslaved by Da’esh face a heartbreaking decision when they return to their families, Rudaw Media Network reports, citing cases where families have insisted that children born as a result of these abductions are placed in care, against the mother’s wishes. https://bit.ly/2DaU8zZ (English) https://bit.ly/2yDo6Jg (Arabic)

Amnesty India raided by government financial inspectors

The Enforcement Directorate, an agency that looks into financial crimes in India, has raided the office of Amnesty India and frozen the organization’s bank accounts, Amnesty International reports. The raid came just days after India’s election to the UN Human Rights Council, where it has an obligation to “uphold the highest international standards”. https://bit.ly/2z91AXQ

 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.