Daily World News Digest, 30 June 2016

Italy Recovers Boat That Sank With 700 Migrant Onboard; Hopes to ID Victims

NBC News reports today that the Italian navy announced it has recovered the migrant ship that sank off Sicily on 18 April 2015 with an estimated 700 people onboard in one of the worst known tragedies of the Mediterranean migrant crisis. On that night, the boat carrying between 700 and 800 migrants, most of them African, capsized as a civilian freighter approached. Most of the dead are never exhumed or identified, only 28 survived. Soon after the tragedy, Italy pledged to recover the relic and is hoping that the exercise will help create a European network to identify victims by cross-checking data. The navy announced that Italy is about to begin removing the remains of hundreds of people from a sunken migrant boat after raising it from the seabed. http://bit.ly/29bFpXq

UN Human Rights Chief says Sri Lanka is on a distant stride towards achieving recommendations of OHCHR resolutions

Sinhala 24 News, a news portal from Sri Lanka, reports today that according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Al Hussein, Sri Lanka still has to invest plenty of effort towards achieving recommendations of the OHCHR, which were based on Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. The High Commissioner welcomes Sri Lanka’s ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance on 25 May 2016, and praises the Sri Lankan government for creating a political environment conducive to reforms. However, he notes that the full promise of governance reform, transitional justice and economic revival has yet to be delivered and risks stalling or dissipating. http://bit.ly/29eVXOQ

Law enforcers involved in secret killings won’t be spared

The Daily Observer reports today that according to Khaleda Zia, chairperson and leader of the opposition BNP, police officers who have been involved in incidents of enforced disappearance and secret killing will not be spared and will be brought to justice. Khaleda Zia hosted an iftar party for the family members of 38 people who have been victims of enforced disappearances or secret killings during the anti-government movement between January and June 2015, when she pointed out that “democracy will revive once again when steps will be taken to trace the missing people and ensure the trial of those involved in making them disappeared and secret killings”. http://bit.ly/295y1sC

Time to End Impunity for Suharto’s Crimes in Indonesia and Timor-Leste

Common Dreams carried a story about Indonesia’s long history of human rights abuses. The portal quotes Celestino Gusmao, a member of ANTI (Timor-Leste National Alliance for an International Tribunal), who claims that “the chains of impunity remain strong in Indonesia”. At the same time, he adds, US leaders who supported crimes against humanity in Indonesia and elsewhere continue to avoid accountability and punishment. He calls on the US and Indonesia to release all their records concerning the crimes committed in 1965-66 and 1975-1999. Since Indonesia has proved unable to prosecute its own citizens, he concludes that international tribunals are needed if those responsible for the anti-communist crimes of 1965-66 and the crimes in Timor-Leste from 1975-1999 are to be brought to justice. http://bit.ly/297VLNF

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.