Monthly Archives: August 2016

Daily World News Digest, 4 August 2016

Police and army accused of killings in Egypt

Daily News Egypt reports today that 99 Egyptians were killed by police and the army, while 10 died in police stations and prisons, in July, according to a report issued by El Nadeem Centre for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence. The centre provided a list of names of victims reportedly subjected to torture and killed by security personnel. The report also lists the incidents in chronological order across Egypt’s different governorates.

42 individuals killed due to torture in July 2016

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) reported on 3 August that at least 42 people had died as a result of torture in Syria in July. The Syrian regime has denied responsibility for any torture-related deaths, instead accusing insurgents, including Islamic State.

Battle for Aleppo: Six more hospitals struck by Syrian Government air strikes

The ABC network from Australia reports today…

Daily World News Digest, 3 August 2016

Canada to unveil $40M inquiry on missing and murdered indigenous women

The National Post reported on 2 August that more than a decade after the first major reports accused the Canadian government of inaction on missing and murdered indigenous women, the Liberal government will announce the design for a commission of inquiry Wednesday. With $40 million in funding, it will have broad powers to investigate — including compelling witnesses from law enforcement — over two years.

Missing persons’ case: enforced disappearances on rise in Islamabad

The Express Tribune from Pakistan reported on 3 August that while challenging an enforced disappearance case before the Islamabad High Court (IHC), the victim’s wife alleged that the frequency of enforced disappearances in the federal capital has risen sharply over the last few months and her husband is only one of many victims.

Supporters of former Sri Lankan President protest war crimes probe

The New Indian…

Daily World News Digest, 2 August 2016

Mediterranean migrant fatalities increase sharply

IOM (International Organization for Migration) reports today that 251,557 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 27 July, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy, where close to 20,000 new arrivals entered in July. According to IOM estimates, the discovery of 39 bodies washed up on Libyan shores this week brings the number of casualties to over 3,034 among migrants and refugees who have attempted to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe in 2016. This year’s total so far is significantly higher compared to last year.

Nigerian inquiry censures army over killings

The Daily Mail reported on 1 August that a public inquiry has accused the Nigerian army of killing 347 Shiite Muslims and dumping the victims in a mass grave in the northern city of Kaduna, during two days of violence in December 2015 when Shiite worshippers attending a religious ceremony obstructed…

Daily World News Digest, 1 August 2016

Pakistan Commission reports on enforced disappearances

Daily Times from Pakistan reported on 31 July that the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (ColoED) had traced a total of 1,578 persons who disappeared from different provinces of the country, by June 2016. However, 1,367 persons are still missing and their cases are pending with the ColoED, the Commission says. The province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has the highest number of missing persons cases, with 1,345, out of which 684 are still unsolved. ColoED said it had registered 3,428 missing persons cases up to June 2016. The Commission has resolved 2,061 cases. About 60 new cases of missing persons were registered in June and 44 cases were resolved.

Europe losing track of child refugees

The Wall Street Journal reported on 1 August that European governments are losing track of significant numbers of children who have entered the continent without their parents as refugees…