Daily World News Digest, 30 March 2016

Mexico says experts investigating 43 students will cease work in April

Reuters reported on 29 March that an international panel of experts that picked apart the Mexican government’s account of what happened to 43 students who disappeared in 2014 will cease work in the country by late April, a senior government official said. Deputy Interior Minister Roberto Campa said the experts’ time in Mexico would come to a close by the end of April. “It should be Mexican institutions … that conclude the investigation, the search, and we should be capable of advancing in the attention we pay to the victims,” Campa said. http://reut.rs/1LYA6In

Thailand refugee policy scrutinized as China pursues dissidents

Voice of America carried a story today saying that human rights and refugee civil society organizations say Thailand’s policies towards asylum seekers and refugees has hardened in recent years. In the past year, dozens of Chinese asylum-seekers have been sent back to China by Thai authorities. A recent joint statement by Thai-based refugee groups to a rights conference in Geneva said those extradited face risk of persecution, torture or enforced disappearance once returned to China. Rights groups also fear Chinese security services are linked to the abduction in Thailand of people associated with a Hong Kong bookstore selling popular novels on China’s leadership. http://bit.ly/1V3CHlB

President Schulz at anthropological laboratory in Cyprus

In-Cyprus news portal reported on 29 March that European Parliament President Martin Schulz on Tuesday visited the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus anthropological laboratory and met with CMP Members and Greek and Turkish Cypriot scientists. President Schulz was briefed by the three Committee Members on the progress made and the challenges faced by the Committee in the complex process of locating, exhuming and identifying missing persons. The CMP Members thanked President Schulz for his support. http://bit.ly/1oljFdC

Activists call on wise men to solve historic human rights abuses in Indonesia

Jakarta Post carried a story today saying that activists are urging the government to form an independent commission to push for a legal settlement of Indonesia’s historic human rights. Advocacy group, Setara Institute, and family members of victims of past human rights abuses held a closed door meeting with the Presidential Advisory Board (Wantimpres) to convey to it the proposed formation of a Presidential Commission on the Disclosure of Truth and the Recuperation of Victims on Tuesday. Activists from the Victims Solidarity Network for Justice (JSKK) and the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) continue with weekly protests until this issue is resolved. http://bit.ly/1SlSU0H

Federalist Bloc condemns kidnaps and forced disappearances in Al-Marj and Shahat

Libya Observer reported on 29 March that the Libyan Federalist Bloc condemned in a statement Monday the abductions and enforced disappearances toward some of the federalist activists in Al-Marj and Shahat cities, which are controlled by the so-called Dignity Operation forces. The Federalist Bloc called on Tobruk Parliament and Al-Thanni Government to put an end to the excessive assaults on freedoms by non-judicial authorities, urging as well Al-Thanni’s Interior Ministry to investigate into the issues to identify those who are behind the growing kidnaps and disappearances over the last period. http://bit.ly/1q0Q3nM

Burundi’s last civil war killed 300,000 and a new one is coming

The Global Post carried a story on 29 March saying that Nigimbere Oliver had no time to act when three men stormed into her parents’ house in southern Burundi and slaughtered her mother and father before bludgeoning her two-year-old son to death with a piece of wood. She is one of 132,000 Burundian refugees who have sought refuge in Tanzania since last April. The torture, abductions and arbitrary arrests have increased since the beginning of the year, according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. Bodies have been dumped in streets, buried in mass graves, or taken to unknown destinations. Cara Jones, a US political science professor, says the number of dead is 1,200. http://bit.ly/1ZJZxj1

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.