Daily World News Digest, 31 May 2017

Myanmar: UN to investigate human right abuses against Rohingya Muslims

Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday that the UN is sending a fact-finding team to investigate alleged human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Myanmar’s military has been accused of killing and raping Rohingya Muslims, a persecuted minority group, in a crackdown in Northern Rakhine state in western Myanmar last year. In February, a UN report accused Myanmar’s security forces of carrying out mass rapes and killings, possibility amounting to crimes against humanity. According to the UN’s statement, the team will also look into allegations of arbitrary detention, torture and inhuman treatment, enforced disappearances, forced displacement and unlawful destruction of property by security forces. http://bit.ly/2rBHwft

Amnesty International warns Nigeria to avoid repression of Biafra day protests

All Africa reported on Tuesday that Amnesty International have warned the Nigerian security forces to exercise restraint when policing demonstrations marking the 50th Anniversary of the end of the Biafra War on May 30, and avoid a repetition of the bloodbath caused by their heavy-handed response last year when more than 60 people were gunned down. ‘’Last year’s heavy-handed response against pro-Biafra activists has left more than 150 dead since August 2015, including cases of enforced disappearance and unlawful detention while no person suspected of criminal responsibility has been brought to justice” said Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria. http://bit.ly/2qzNgCu

UN: Human rights violations in Central African Republic may amount to war crimes

The Globe and Mail reported on Tuesday reported on United Nations report identifying hundreds of human rights violations in Central African Republic since 2003 that may amount to war crimes, including massacres, gang rapes and entire villages burned to the ground. The International Criminal Court is already examining abuses dating back to 2003 in Central African Republic. The violence exploded in 2013 after mostly Muslim rebels from the Seleka coalition terrorized civilians in the capital, while a mainly Christian militia that arose in opposition to the rebels then carried out horrific violence against Muslim civilians in retaliation. https://tgam.ca/2rDfyjI

Bangladesh: Cyclone destroys Myanmar refugee camps

Indian media outlet NDTV reported on Tuesday that Bangladesh has evacuated at least 350,000 people as a cyclone lashed coastal areas causing havoc in refugee camps set up for Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in neighboring Myanmar. A Rohingya community leader said that “Most of the temporary houses in the camps have been flattened’’.  http://bit.ly/2rT0aPM

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.