Daily World News Digest, 30 April 2015

Frustration over Nepal quake relief

The BBC reports today that frustration is growing in parts of rural Nepal over the pace of relief efforts, with some badly-affected villages yet to receive any assistance. Survivors in some areas told the BBC that they were angry that neither food nor medicine has reached them. The UN has appealed for $415m (£270m) to help provide emergency relief over the next three months. Meanwhile, a teenage boy has been rescued alive after spending five days trapped under rubble in Kathmandu. Crowds cheered as the boy was brought blinking into the daylight, a BBC reporter at the scene says. Officials say Saturday’s quake killed more than 5,500 people, and injured at least 11,000. http://bbc.in/1DXoJW4

Dutch Court Rejects Prosecuting Srebrenica Peacekeepers

Balkan Insight reported on 29 April that the military court in Arnhem ruled on Wednesday that the commander of the Dutch UN battalion Thomas Karremans, his assistant Robert Franken and officer Berend Oosterveen cannot be held responsible for not safeguarding Bosniak civilians who took refuge at their headquarters in Potocari near Srebrenica, which was supposed to protected by the UN, but instead handing them over to Bosnian Serb forces. The court made the ruling after Hasan Nuhanovic, a Srebrenica survivor and former translator for the UN peacekeepers, and the family of Rizo Mustafic, who was killed by Serb forces, appealed against a decision not to charge the three former ’Dutchbat’ peacekeepers with war crimes. Nuhanovic’s lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld called the decision a “sad day for judicial control of military operations”. http://bit.ly/1HTnpta

Nigeria: Welfare of ‘rescued’ women and girls is paramount

Amnesty International reported on 29 April that the ‘rescue’ of almost 300 women and girls by Nigeria’s military from Boko Haram is an encouraging development but only a small step in securing the safety of the thousands of women and girls abducted by the armed group since 2014, said Amnesty International today. The organization is also calling on the authorities to ensure that the trauma of those ‘rescued’ is not exacerbated by lengthy security screening in detention. “This development is just cause for celebration and undoubtedly an immense relief to the women, girls and their families. But this is just the tip of the iceberg; there are thousands more women and girls, and men and boys who have been abducted by Boko Haram,” said Netsanet Belay, Africa Director, Research and Advocacy. http://bit.ly/1EEQ5Fk

China: Fears for Tibetan monk detained in China: Choephel Dawa

Amnesty International reported on 28 April that the Tibetan monk Choephel Dawa has not been heard from since he was detained by police on 28 March. It is not known where he is being held, or the charges against him, and he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Tibetan monk Choephel Dawa, 27, was detained by local police in Sog County, Nagchu Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region, on the night of 28 March. It is not known where he is being held, and he has not had any access to lawyers or his family. While the reason for his detention is unknown, people in the local area believe it is due to him sharing photographs of the Dalai Lama on WeChat, a popular messaging platform in China. http://bit.ly/1FzlycS

Nepal quake: No figures of missing people from Maharashtra, says Fadnavis

WebIndia123 news portal reports today that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Thursday, said the government has successfully rescued all the people of the state from quake-hit Nepal. “We are almost successful in rescuing the Maharashtra people from Nepal. We haven’t received any figures relating to the Maharashtra people who are missing,” Fadnavis told ANI here. “More than 1,000 people have been reached and 600 are coming by bus. Our medical teams are already working in Nepal and are conducting rescue and relief operations there with the help of Central Government,” he added. Saturday’s earthquake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale, was one of the worst calamities suffered by Nepal in over 80 years. http://bit.ly/1P99fER

Enforced disappearances: Khyber political administration directed to explain detention of two inmates

The Express Tribune reports today that the Peshawar High Court has directed the political administration of Khyber Agency to provide complete records on the detention of a professor of Government College Peshawar and his brother. The court has also sought a detailed report by the joint investigation team in this regard. Iqbal Mohmand, counsel for Professor Qazi Muhammad Ayaz and Muhammad Riaz, told the PHC bench of Chief Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel and Justice Malik Manzoor Hussain that his clients were taken into custody from a Tableeghi Markaz on February 24. He added Mohabat Khan, a man pretending to be an intelligence agency official, had demanded Rs1.5 million from them for their release. http://bit.ly/1QNiHkJ

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.