Monthly Archives: January 2016

Enforced Disappearances in Egypt

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Bojana Djokanovic considers the rising number of reported enforced disappearances in Egypt

Following the events that accompanied the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at the beginning of 2011, and the military overthrow of  President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, there have been continuous allegations by activists inside and outside Egypt that the regime of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is responsible for a rising tide of enforced disappearances and human rights violations – to the extent that the government would appear to be using enforced disappearance as an instrument of policy.

During the 2011 revolution, 1,200 persons were reported missing. In January 2013 a committee set up by President Morsi to investigate the 2011 events presented an 800-page report detailing multiple incidents including cases where citizens were detained by the armed forces and subsequently buried in unmarked graves.

Human Rights Watch reported in…

Daily World News Digest, 12 January 2016

A deadline for Chinese authorities to comment on the missing Hong Kong publisher is about to lapse

Time Magazine reported today that an important legal deadline is expected to lapse today in the case of missing Hong Kong publisher, Paul Lee, also known as Lee Bo. Under a legal arrangement between the mainland and Hong Kong, mainland Chinese officials must notify Hong Kong police within fourteen days if they have detained a Hong Kong citizen. Lee was last seen near his warehouse in the territory on 30 December and is widely suspected to have been abducted by mainland authorities. He is the fifth associate of the publishing company Mighty Current Media to go missing under dubious circumstances.

Migrants missing after being thrown into sea

The Local, a news portal from Italy, reported on 11 January that four people, possibly all women, were missing on Monday after being thrown into the…

Daily World News Digest, 11 January 2016

Thousands protest in Hong Kong over missing publishers

Reuters reported on 10 January that thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in a reprise of anti-China protests of over a year ago, demanding to know the whereabouts of five missing people linked to a local publisher of books critical of Beijing’s leadership. Other publishers and book vendors are unnerved by the mysterious disappearances. In three bookstores selling political books visited by Reuters, owners declined to be interviewed, citing the fear of mainland anger. The Hong Kong government said in a statement it was “firmly committed to protecting the freedom of expression and freedom of publication”.

Yemen: Arbitrarily held by the Houthis

Human Rights Watch issued a news on 10 January saying that Houthi authorities in Yemen have arbitrarily detained and forcibly disappeared dozens of people in the capital, Sanaa. The Houthi authorities should safeguard the…

Daily World News Digest, 8 January 2016

UN pressures Thai government on 82 disappeared

Bangkok Post reported today that Foreign Ministry spokesman, Sek Wannamethee, said the government has been active in dealing with enforced disappearances. Mr Sek’s comments came after the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday urged the government to step up efforts to investigate the whereabouts of 82 people listed as missing, including respected lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit who went missing nearly 12 years ago while defending people arrested under martial law in the restive South. Mr Zeid also called on the government to criminalize enforced disappearance in its legislation, in line with international standards.

The EU has called for an investigation into the missing Hong Kong booksellers

Time Magazine reported today that the EU is calling for an investigation into the recent disappearance of five individuals connected to a Hong Kong-based publisher of books critical of China. Two of…