Daily World News Digest, 30 March 2017

Turkey continues funding effort to account for missing in Cyprus

Turkey on Wednesday donated €92,000 to the project of exhumation, identification and return of remains of missing persons in Cyprus. According to the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus, the donation brings Turkish financial assistance to the CMP to a total of €826,000 over the past 10 years. The remains of 750 missing persons from events in the 1960s and 70s have been identified and returned to the families. More than 1,000 people are still missing. http://bit.ly/2nyhJQl

Up to 146 refugees drowned as boat sinks off Libyan coast

The Independent reported yesterday that up to 146 people have died in the latest refugee boat sinking in the Mediterranean as efforts to stop the treacherous crossings flounder. A 16-year-old boy believed to be the sole survivor of the disaster told rescuers at least five children and several pregnant women were among those who drowned off the coast of Libya. He told UNHCR the packed dinghy was launched from the smuggling hub of Sabratha on Monday but started sinking after hours at sea. The teenager, from Gambia, left Libya alone after six months in the country, where migrants are killed, imprisoned, tortured, extorted and forced into labour or prostitution for profit. http://ind.pn/2njYaun

Nepal: call for improved human rights provision in draft criminal law 

The Kathmandu Post reported yesterday that the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has urged Nepal to revise its draft Criminal Code Bill in line with international human rights standards to ensure justice for victims of serious human rights violations. Evaluating the Criminal Code Bill, 2014, aimed at updating Nepal’s criminal law and codifying new crimes, the ICJ has concluded that the Bill fails entirely to include war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide and its provisions are not in accordance with Nepal’s international obligations. http://bit.ly/2mRHGgZ

UN criticizes Bangladesh government over disappearances

Aljaazera reported yesterday that a new UN report has criticized Bangladesh’s government for a “high rate” of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances.  The report’s publication on Tuesday came a month after the UN Working Group on Involuntary and Enforced Disappearances called on the government of Bangladesh immediately to reveal the whereabouts of three sons of opposition leaders reportedly kidnapped six months earlier. A week later, one of the men was released, but the other two remain in secret state detention. http://bit.ly/2nMs7GE

Undocumented immigrant hangs himself after 3 months in US detention

The Washington Post reported yesterday that a Nicaraguan man in the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) died on Tuesday of injuries sustained in a suicide attempt last week. Osmar Epifanio Gonzalez-Gadba was discovered on 22 March hanging in his cell at a California detention facility, according to authorities. The 32-year-old was rushed to an intensive care unit and placed on life support. Gonzalez-Gadba died early on Tuesday morning. Authorities said he is the fifth detainee to die in ICE custody in the last year. http://wapo.st/2oaY38b

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.