Daily World News Digest, 6 September 2017

UN panel calls for ICC probe in Burundi

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi has found evidence of serious human rights violations, including extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests and detention, torture, sexual violence, and enforced disappearances, and will ask the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open an investigation into possible crimes against humanity. It says alleged perpetrators include senior officials of the National Intelligence Services and National Police Force, military officials and the Imbonerakure- the youth league of the ruling party. http://bit.ly/2gKgyhG

New UN report on 1988 Iran killings

Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, has issued a report on the massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. The victims, mostly members and supporters of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), were buried in mass graves. The report, coupled with a note by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and presented to the UN General Assembly, calls for an independent inquiry into the killings in the summer of 1988. http://bit.ly/2wFnFgC

Philippines President Duterte seeks to disprove extrajudicial killings

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police to let journalists join raids in his crackdown on illegal drugs to disprove growing allegations of extrajudicial killings, warning reporters they could get shot since suspects have guns. Duterte has insisted that his administration does not condone extrajudicial killings, although he has threatened drug suspects with death in the past. Duterte’s crackdown, which has left thousands of suspects dead, came under renewed scrutiny after police gunned down a 17-year-old student, Kian Loyd delos Santos, during a raid in a slum in Caloocan City last month. http://bit.ly/2xNYM0T

Pope Francis in Colombia to promote peace agreement

Pope Francis will arrive in Colombia today for a five-day visit that comes nine months after a peace deal ended 52 years of civil war. Experts say the pope’s visit is a sign of his commitment to seeing the peace accords, which he helped to bring about, fully implemented. Critics of the peace agreement, led by former President Alvaro Uribe, who is now a senator, believe that it let the rebels off too easily for crimes including killings, kidnappings and extortion. The Vatican says the visit is pastoral and that the pope will stress reconciliation and won’t endorse specific peace deal provisions. http://lat.ms/2gG74QD

UN calls for investigation into human rights violations in Yemen

A new UN report has found violations of human rights and humanitarian law in Yemen between March 2015 and August 2017. According to the report, 5,144 civilians, including 1,184 children were killed during this period. In addition, 8,749, of whom 1,592 were children, were injured. The report states that coalition airstrikes are the leading cause of civilian casualties. The airstrikes have targeted markets, hospitals, schools, residential areas, funerals and other public and private infrastructure. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has appealed to the international community to conduct an investigation in to the allegations of human rights abuses in Yemen. http://bit.ly/2eE4lqv

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.