Daily World News Digest 30 July 2019

UNITAD calls for international tribunal on crimes in Iraq

Kurdistan 24 reports that Karim Khan, the Head UNITAD (the Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh), has called for an international tribunal to be established to investigate Da’esh crimes. He said this would have an “educative effect, not only in the region, but in other parts of the world”. https://bit.ly/2YvfXVm

Enforced disappearances in Bangladesh

Human Rights Watch has urged the authorities in Bangladesh to implement the recommendations of the UN Committee against torture. HRW says rights groups, activists, and journalists in Bangladesh have been targeted for exposing human rights violations: “Since 2013, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances by law enforcement authorities have increased. In most cases, those arrested remain in custody for weeks or months before being formally charged or released. Others are killed in so-called armed exchanges, and many remain disappeared.” https://bit.ly/2LNDefb

Environmental activists victims of enforced disappearance

Last year, 164 environmentalists were killed for their efforts “and that number is probably an underestimation”, according to HuffPost. It cites the Global Witness NGO annual report, which tracks the murder and disappearance of activists. https://bit.ly/2YecquY

South Sudan: Calls for authorities to release detained airport officials

Human Rights Watch has called on the South Sudanese authorities to release six airport officials “unlawfully detained without trial since November 2018”. It says the cases “are part of a pattern of unlawful detentions by national security and law enforcement authorities in South Sudan”, where security forces have been accused of arbitrary arrest and detention, torture, and other forms of ill-treatment, and enforced disappearances. https://bit.ly/313kuf4

Morocco rescues migrants in Mediterranean

Deutsche Welle reports that the Moroccan navy has rescued 242 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Spain. The migrants from sub-Saharan Africa are reported to have been sailing in inflatable dinghies when they experienced difficulties in the Straits of Gibraltar. Among those on board there were 50 women and 12 minors. https://bit.ly/2YfKkj6

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.