Daily World News Digest, 9 November 2017

Reparations for victims of conflict in Iraq

A report from the Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights and the Minority Rights Group International says that ensuring accountability for violations committed and reparations for victims must be an immediate priority for Iraq. The report assesses the country’s existing reparations scheme, which has paid out more than USD 355 million in recent years to victims of “military operations, military mistakes and terrorist actions”. Miriam Puttick, co-author of the report, says reparations should be a central component of the accountability process while programs should be anchored within a transitional justice framework that includes judicial accountability and truth seeking as well as reparations. http://bit.ly/2jd5s69

Fighting impunity in Libya

The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, has reaffirmed to the Security Council that her office is continuing its work in Libya, despite challenges arising from security constraints and insufficient resources. The Prosecutor’s Office has continued to receive credible information of grave crimes allegedly perpetrated around the country, she said, including the execution of detained persons, kidnappings and forced disappearances, torture, prolonged detentions without legal process, rape under detention and abuse of migrants. http://bit.ly/2Anl3Dd

Bangladeshi academic missing amid spike in disappearances

Mubashar Hasan, an assistant professor of political science at Bangladesh’s North South University who has undertaken research on Islamic extremism, has not been seen since Tuesday afternoon. Rights groups say Hasan’s disappearance is the ninth high-profile case since July, with opposition political figures, a businessman and journalists among those who have disappeared. http://bit.ly/2AlJIIr

Dutch prosecutors demand life for Ethiopian war crimes suspect

Dutch prosecutors have called for a Dutch-Ethiopian national to be jailed for life for war crimes committed during Ethiopia’s “Red Terror” in the 1970s. They said Eshetu Alemu was “responsible for an atrocious campaign” of war crimes “that include arbitrary detention, torture and killing of opponents of the 1970s revolutionary regime in Ethiopia”. Alemu came to The Netherlands in the early 1990s and obtained citizenship in 1998. He was sentenced to death in absentia by an Ethiopian court – a sentence that cannot be enforced in The Netherlands. http://bit.ly/2jbMsEZ

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.