Daily World News Digest, 31 January 2017

Reprisals feared in Myanmar

The Star Online, a news agency from Malaysia, reports today on UN Special Rappor­teur on Human Rights Yanghee Lee’s visit to Myanmar. It notes that the Korean professor is one of the few international officials to have witnessed the situation in Rakhine State in person. It says gross human rights violations that border on genocide have been going on in the state for some time. “Reports of arbitrary arrests and illegal detention have little effect on the authorities, who seem unfazed by these serious allegations, which include rape and torture,” it says. http://bit.ly/2kmce81

Enforced disappearances persist in Pakistan

Dawn, a news agency from Pakistan, published an article yesterday about what it describes as a climate of impunity in Pakistan with regard to enforced disappearances. It says the authorities are not sufficiently dedicated to investigate cases of enforced disappearance and hold perpetrators accountable. It says impunity for human rights violations “has become institutionalized and systemized” and “the practice of enforced disappearances has persisted and is spreading — both in terms of geographical reach and also the categories of people being targeted”. http://bit.ly/2kbpEBO

Bosnia Indicts Bosnian-Serb woman on war-crimes charges

Radio Free Europe released an article yesterday explaining that a Sarajevo court has indicted a Bosnian-Serb woman on charges of participating in the killings of 37 Bosniak prisoners of war in 1992. The court indicted Visnja Acimovic, 44, on war-crimes charges and violations of the Geneva conventions on prisoners of war. Acimovic has dual Bosnian and Serbian citizenship and is believed to be living in Serbia. http://bit.ly/2jOPNrc

Egyptian president “wants killers of Giulio Regeni found”

The Italian news agency ANSA reported yesterday that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi wants to find the people who tortured and murdered Italian researcher Giulio Regeni last year, according to the deputy head of the Egyptian parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Tarek El Khouly. “I think there is an order from the Egyptian political leaders, from the president in person, to the general prosecutor to discover who killed Regeni, whoever that may be,” El Khouly told ANSA. “I think that, in any part of the world, mistakes are made by security apparatus. Perhaps it is a crime concerning an Egyptian security apparatus, perhaps not,” he said, adding that the Regeni case had been politically “exploited” in both Egypt and Italy. Regeni, 28, went missing in the Egyptian capital on 25 January 2016, on the heavily policed fifth anniversary of the uprising that ousted former strongman and president Hosni Mubarak. His severely tortured, mutilated body was found on 3 February in a ditch on the city’s outskirts.  http://bit.ly/2kmuzC2

Malaysia expands search for missing Chinese tourists from capsized boat

Reuters reported yesterday that Malaysia was searching for four Chinese tourists and a Malaysian missing after a boat on a Lunar New Year holiday cruise capsized off the coast of Borneo, throwing 30 people into stormy seas and killing three Chinese passengers. http://tmsnrt.rs/2jONZie

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.