Daily World News Digest, 4 May 2017

Kurdish officials documenting IDPs and missing persons

On Wednesday, Rudaw carried a feature article on the work of Commission of Investigation and Gathering Evidence that was established by the Council of Ministers in the Kurdistan Regional Government in September 2014. The Commission has created files for Yezidi, Christian, Turkmen, Shabak, and Kakai victims of forced displacement, extrajudicial and summary executions, massacre, abductions, detentions, missing persons, all forms of gender-based violence, recruitment of child soldiers, forced religious conversion, forced labor for Da’esh, destruction of cultural and religious and social heritage, all crimes as defined under international humanitarian law. The committee has received support and training from the International Commission on Missing Persons and the Commission for International Justice and Accountability. http://bit.ly/2qHMv9X

Afghanistan: Since 2001, 679 cases of murder and violence against journalists

Ariana News, a television network in Afghanistan, reported on Tuesday that the country’s Attorney General’s Office has registered 679 cases of murder and violence against journalists since the establishment of former President Hamid Karzai’s government in December 2001. Journalists have been subject to 46 murder cases, 22 cases of beating and 84 cases of illegal detention. http://bit.ly/2p0DIzl

Sri Lanka: transitional justice “still in its infancy”

On Thursday, Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror carried an opinion piece noting that eight years after the end of the conflict “there is no information available in the public domain on any aspect of Transitional Justice”. The author argues that legislative measures are needed in order to begin the accountability process, and points out that use of civilian populations as a human shield or intentionally directing attacks on civilian objects including hospitals are not offences under Sri Lankan law. http://bit.ly/2q18dJM

Indian government urged to “stop targeting NGOs”

Huffington Post reported on Tuesday that Human Rights Watch (HRW) has asked the UN to “condemn the crackdown on rights” in India, ahead of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review of India’s human rights record on 4 May. In testimony to the UN, HRW has highlighted what it says is the Indian government’s abuse of laws to clamp down on NGOs and on the right to freedom of expression as well as detailing the country’s failure to contain and prosecute vigilante attacks on minorities by groups supporting the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. HRW also emphasizes the lack of accountability for killings, torture, and other serious violations by state security forces. http://huff.to/2pCtHf5

German Foreign Minister, African Union chairman say migrant camps not answer

The McClatchy news agency carried a story on Tuesday about regarding proposals to establish camps for migrants in Libya. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and African Union Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat agreed that camps will not stop the flow of migrants to Europe, and that stabilizing African countries is a better strategy. “The idea to set up in a country like Libya would be in utter disregard to the living circumstances of the people on the ground” Gabriel told reporters. http://bit.ly/2qHACB1

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.