Monthly Archives: August 2019

Daily World News Digest 9 August 2019

Pakistan: disappearances in Balochistan

EP Today, the magazine of the European parliament, has published the findings of the bi-annual report of the Human Rights Council of Balochistan, an NGO based in France and Sweden. Among other things, it says that “in just six months, 371 people have disappeared and 158 have been killed across six districts of Balochistan,” adding that “thousands of people have gone missing from the region since the early 2000s”.

Iraq: Enforced disappearances on the raise

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) says 7,883 people have been forcibly disappeared during the last three years in Iraq, Al-Monitor reports. It says 652 disappeared persons were in detention and prisons, and the search for others continues.

 Gambia: Victims not happy with decision to release the ‘Junglers’

The Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations has criticized the decision of the Justice Ministry to…

Daily World News Digest 8 August 2019

Syria: “more than 100,000 detained and missing”

Time Magazine reports on Wednesday’s UN Security-Council meeting, at which participants were told that more than 100,000 people in Syria have been detained, abducted or gone missing during the eight-year conflict. UN Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo urged all parties to heed the Security Council’s call for the release of all those arbitrarily detained and to provide information to families about their loved ones, as required by international law.

Enforced Disappearance in Libya

Africa News carries a statement by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expressing deep concern over the continued enforced disappearance of House of Representatives lawmaker Siham Sergawa.  “Ms. Sergawa was brutally abducted from her home in Benghazi on 17 July by a unit of gunmen who injured her relative and husband during the abduction.  UNSMIL notes that an announcement by an official of the relevant authorities stating that “an unknown group…

Daily World News Digest 7 August 2019

Security Council to discuss missing persons in Syria

ReliefWeb reports that US Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo; Hala Al Ghawi, physician and founder of Syria’s Bright Future; and Amina Khoulani, founder of Families for Freedom are to brief the UN Security Council today on the situation of detainees, abductees and missing persons in Syria.

Kenya: police accused of extrajudicial killings

The Guardian reports on extrajudicial killings in Kenya. Figures relating to the number of killings in 2018 vary significantly. One organization puts the figure at 121, another at 267 – which would mark a significant increase on the previous year, when there were an estimated 152.

Nigeria: activist detained

Human Rights Watch reports on the detention of a pro-democracy activist in Nigeria on 4 August. Omoyele Sowore was arrested by state security officials on the grounds that his call for nationwide protests was “an insurrection aimed at…

Daily World News Digest 6 August 2019

Thai campaigner against enforced disappearance wins Magsaysay Award

The Japanese broadcaster NHK reports that Thai human rights activist Angkhana Neelapaijit has won this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Award, widely recognized as “Asia’s Nobel Prize.” The 63-year-old Angkhana began documenting the human rights situation in southern Thailand after her husband, a Muslim lawyer, disappeared in 2004 while defending people arrested under martial law. The case of his possible death has not been solved and the investigation has ended. She says she will continue fighting for a legal system that protects people from enforced disappearance.

Missing victims of Chile’s dictatorship

AFP reports that only 104 of the 1,100 people registered as disappeared during the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile have been found. Families say the authorities lack interest in helping them to account for their missing relatives. By the end of last year, 451 people had been prosecuted in connection with 851 executions under…

Daily World News Digest 5 August 2019

Kuwaiti: missing persons from Iraq mass grave identified

Kuwaiti Officials have confirmed that DNA samples received from Iraq match samples provided by families of the missing. The samples were taken from human remains found in a mass grave in southern Iraq, Shafaaq News reports. Kuwait has formally requested that all the exhumed human remains are brought to Kuwait for more DNA tests. (Original article in Arabic).

Iraq: exhumations at mass grave in Samawa

The Iraqi National Team has completed the excavation of a mass grave found in Samawa. Kurdistan 24 reports that 171 sets of human remains, mostly women and children, have been exhumed. This is the first of the three mass graves in the area. Excavation of the two remaining graves is expected to begin after Eid.

Pakistan Missing Persons Commission

The Pakistan’s Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances says it received 121 new missing persons cases…

Daily World News Digest 2 August 2019

Mexico: a central database on missing persons

Slate Magazine examines efforts in Mexico to develop an effective national DNA database to help account for the large number of missing persons as a result of the country’s drug war. According to official sources, there are 26,000 unidentified bodies spread across Mexico’s forensic facilities. “Genetic profiles for fewer than 2,000 of these bodies have been obtained, and at best, the number of bodies identified using DNA is 126.” The article argues that Mexico needs “good investigative protocols and forensic appraisals of a diverse set of experts as well as properly selected, formatted, classified, integrated, and compared forensic data”.

Mexico: criminal groups hiding victims’ remains in private homes

Criminal groups in Jalisco, Mexico are hiding human remains inside residential homes, Business Insider reports. The article says that this impedes judicial investigations since obtaining a permit to excavate a private property is more difficult….

Daily World News Digest 1 August 2019

Nadia Murad: Yezidis need justice

In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad has highlighted the suffering of the Yezidi community in Sinjar, Iraq. Writing on the fifth anniversary of the Da’esh occupation of Sinjar, Murad notes that the Yezidis were subject to mass executions, forced religious conversion and widespread sexual violence. An estimated 3,000 abducted Yezidi women and children are still missing.

Canada: missing Indigenous women and girls

The Prince Albert Daily Herald in Canada reports on a touring art installation that has brought attention to the plight of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. “Walking with our Sisters” is a collection of more than 2,000 pieces of material prepared for the tops for moccasin shoes, created and donated by hundreds to draw attention to the 1,181 Indigenous women and girls who have been reported missing or have been murdered in the…