Daily World News Digest, 7 July 2016

Families of the disappeared in the Philippines petition Duterte

UCA News, a Catholic news service in Asia, carries a story today about the families of missing persons who have sought the help of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to locate some 2,300 people who have been missing since the 1970s. In a letter to Duterte, the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) called for the “full implementation” of the Philippines law on enforced disappearances and the ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances. In addition, AFAD called on the government to bring perpetrators to justice, and provide full support for reparation, rehabilitation, and reconstruction of the historical memory of the disappeared http://bit.ly/29jC9J9

Sri Lanka FM Mangala promises transitional justice next steps soon

The Daily Financial Times, an English-language newspaper from Sri Lanka, carries a story today about the participation of Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Commission. According to Minister Mangala, the Government expects the basic framework of a truth and reconciliation commission to be ready for discussion by September 2016, while the Special Court for accountability should be ready for discussion by January 2017. He also acknowledged that the question of foreign judges was a polarizing facet of the special prosecutorial process to investigate alleged war crimes. http://bit.ly/29soL4d

U.S. sanctions Kim for rights abuses

The Japan Times reports today that North Korean leader Kim Jong and ten other top officials were placed on the US sanctions blacklist for the first time on Wednesday 6 June 2016. The sanctions, which freeze property and other assets within the US jurisdiction, were introduced in relation with the State Department’s release of a new report that documents “the world’s most repressive system” which holds 80,000 to 120,000 prisoners in political prison camps where extrajudicial killings,  enforced disappearances, torture, sexual assault, starvation and slave labor are common. http://bit.ly/29sf31T

Rwanda “genocide” ex-mayors jailed by France

Deutsche Welle reported on Wednesday 6 June that two former Rwandan mayors were jailed for life after an eight-week trial in France. Octavien Ngenzi, now 58, and his mayoral predecesssor Tito Barahira, 64, were found guilty for a massacre in their village of Kabarondo in 1994, when some 2,000 people were killed while seeking refuge. This conviction was the second such case tried in France since its parliament adopted a law giving it universal jurisdiction over cases of crimes against humanity and represents the latest in a series of genocide-related trials conducted in recent years. http://bit.ly/29jwHRD

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.