Monthly Archives: September 2017

Daily World News Digest, 7 September 2017

Human Rights Watch: “epidemic of torture” in Egypt

Egypt’s president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, has given police and national security officers a green light to use torture with impunity, according to a report issued by Human Rights Watch. The organization says arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and torture against perceived dissidents by police and security forces in Egypt is common. Egypt’s “epidemic of torture”, with techniques including an “assembly line” of beatings, electric shocks, stress positions and sometimes rape by security forces, could amount to a crime against humanity, it says.

Duterte: “zero tolerance” for extrajudicial killings

Police officers involved in extrajudicial killing will be held accountable if they are shown to have committed wrongdoing, President Rodrigo Duterte said on 6 September. The President said he does not give directives to authorities to exercise killing of “defenseless” individuals. Speaking about the August killing of a 19-year old student near Manila, Duterte…

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.

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…

Daily World News Digest, 5 September 2017

Iran: Campaign to stop destruction of mass grave from 1988

Amnesty International today called on the Iranian authorities to stop the destruction of a mass grave in the southern city of Ahvaz, where dozens of prisoners killed during a wave of mass extrajudicial executions in August and September 1988 are buried. Footage obtained by Amnesty shows the site is gradually being buried beneath piles of construction waste. The organization says crucial forensic evidence that could be used to bring those responsible for the 1988 mass extrajudicial executions to justice may be destroyed.

Identifying the disappeared in Colombia

An in-depth article published by Al Jazeera examines steps being taken in Colombia to fulfill a commitment by both parties under last November’s peace agreement to recover and return the remains of tens of thousands of disappeared people. Guerrillas, paramilitaries, drug cartels, and state security officials forcibly disappeared 60,630 people between 1970…