Daily World News Digest, 6 April 2017

Gambia: military accused of human rights abuses now in detention

Jollof Media Network, a news agency from Senegal and Gambia, reported yesterday that at least ten soldier of Gambia’s State Guard Division have been arrested and detained in connection with the disappearance of detainees during the regime of former President Yahya Jammeh. Jammeh, who ruled Gambia for 22 years, is accused of multiple human rights abuses, including enforced disappearances. Police are investigating 30 cases of suspected extra-judicial killings by security officers and have discovered seven secret graves of people who died in state custody. The arrested soldiers are being detained at an undisclosed security installation under the Armed Forces Act. http://bit.ly/2ocE5JP

Enforced disappearances in Yemen

Arab News reports today that the Yemeni Coalition to Monitor Human Rights Violations states in its Annual Report that that Houthi and Saleh militias perpetrated more than 200 enforced disappearances during 2016. The report includes 5,092 violations, of which, there are 4,882 documented cases of arbitrary detention, and 210 cases of enforced disappearance. The report cited stories told by the detainees on the use of physical and psychological torture, as they were detained in houses and schools used as secret prisons. http://bit.ly/2oLEnVC

Colombia: Prosecution suspended in enforced disappearance cases from 2008

Human Rights Watch commented yesterday on the 28 March decision by the 9th Judge of Judicial Guarantees of Bogotá not to carry out a hearing to charge 12 soldiers, including Colonel Gabriel de Jesús Amado Rincón, for the murder and enforced disappearance of two men and a boy in 2008. The judge ruled that the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (SJP), a judicial system created as part of the peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), would have jurisdiction to hear the case. However, that system has yet to become operational, and it is unclear when it will. http://bit.ly/2oGorXJ

Opposition to legislation tackling enforced disappearance in Sri Lanka

The Daily Mirror from Sri Lanka reports today on criticism of government efforts to fulfil international and domestic commitments in respect of missing persons. The Joint Opposition said yesterday the Bill to give legal effect to the International Convention to Protect All Persons from Enforced Disappearances was “a dangerous piece of legislation with provisions enabling a foreign government or an institution on behalf of it to appeal for the extradition of a Sri Lankan political leader or military leader on the ground of command responsibility”. http://bit.ly/2o5MWwg

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.