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Daily World News Digest 23 September 2019

Egypt: hundreds of arrests

The Guardian reports that hundreds of Egyptian civilians have been arrested since Friday, when anti-regime protests spread across the country. Detainees have been questioned by police and officials from the national security agency. Human Rights Watch has accused both of “systematic, widespread enforced disappearances and torture” in the past.

El Salvador: more than 2,300 reported missing in 2019

El Salvador’s Attorney General has announced that more than 2,300 persons have been reported missing in the country in 2019, La Prensa Grafica reports. The paper quotes a forensic expert who notes that if a person has been missing for more than eight days “there is a high possibility they were murdered and buried in a clandestine grave” (original article in Spanish).

Bahamas: More than 1,300 missing

More than 1,300 persons are missing in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, which swept the Bahamas more than two weeks…

Daily World News Digest 20 September 2019

UN report: “disproportionate number of enforced disappearances”

A new UN report, covering 1 June 2018 to 31 May of this year, documents human rights violations in nearly 50 countries, including detention and imprisonment of activists. Commenting on the report, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour highlighted “a disproportionate number of cases of enforced disappearance or detention” of activists, often on grounds of national security.

Missing Palestinians “held secretly in Syrian prisons”

The issue of enforced disappearances of Palestinian refugees in contested territories in Syria has been raised with the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva by human rights defenders, according to the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria (AGPS). Delegates from the AGPS reported that 1,800 Palestinian refugees are being held secretly in Syrian prisons.

Mexico: “authorities addressing response to the missing persons issue”

The authorities in Mexico intend to take prompt action to address the official…

Daily World News Digest 19 September 2019

Mexico: relaunch of Ayotzinapa investigation

Mexico will open a new investigation into the September 2014 disappearance and apparent massacre of 43 student teachers from Ayotzinapa, authorities said on Wednesday. Reuters reports that President Lopez Obrador told relatives of the victims in a private meeting earlier this week that he is working on preventing the release of suspects in the case. So far 77 of 142 suspects detained have been released by courts. Investigators have only definitively identified the remains of one of the 43 missing students.

Liberia: war crimes court

Liberian President George Weah has endorsed the establishment of a war crimes court, All Africa reports. In a letter to the Liberian legislature, the President has called for implementation of recommendations published by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), including the setting up of an Extraordinary Criminal Court for Liberia to try crimes related to the conflicts of 1989-96 and…

Daily World News Digest 18 September 2019

ICMP promotes cooperation among family networks in Croatia

ICMP organized a meeting with 30 representatives of missing persons family associations from Croatia in Zagreb on Tuesday with the participation of representatives of the Croatian Veterans Ministry’s Directorate for Detained and Missing Defenders, Total Croatia News reports. This was the second in a series of meetings organized in the Western Balkans as part of a two-year project supported by the UK government and being implemented by ICMP to renew the effort to account for 12,000 people who are still missing throughout the region.

UN Human Rights Council addresses enforced disappearances in Syria

The OHCHR reports that at the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, has highlighted “the plight of the unlawfully detained, missing and forcibly disappeared” in Syria, noting that…

Daily World News Digest 17 September 2019

Eritrea: Amnesty calls for release of detainees

Amnesty International has called on the Eritrean government to release 11 politicians and 17 journalists who were arrested in 2001 after criticizing President Isaias Afwerki. The detainees have not been seen or heard from and were never charged with an offence, Amnesty says, calling this an “appalling injustice” especially as Eritrea is now a member of the UN Human Rights Council.

Uruguay: accounting for victims of the 1973-85 dictatorship

Excavations are underway at the premises of Armored Infantry Battalion №13 in Montevideo, after human remains were found at the site, the Presidency of Uruguay reports on its website. The authorities are awaiting the results of forensic tests that may identify one of the bodies. The human remains are believed to be those of individuals who were detained and disappeared in the period of the military dictatorship in Uruguay between 1973 and 1985….

Daily World News Digest 16 September 2019

Mexico: At least 44 persons identified

The BBC reports that forensic scientists in Mexico have assembled 44 sets of human remains buried in a well in Jalisco state. Discovered just outside the city of Guadalajara, the human remains were hidden in 119 black bags, discovered earlier in September. Jalisco is the heartland of one of Mexico’s most violent drug gangs and this is the second major find of human remains in the state this year.

Enforced disappearance in Thailand

AFP reports on the memorial ceremony for an environmental activist in Thailand whose charred remains were found in a reservoir earlier this month. The article notes that Thailand is among the deadliest places in Asia for environmental and rights defenders – the UN has counted more than 80 cases of enforced disappearance in the country since 1980.

Prosecutors from Serbia and BIH cooperate on missing persons

Delegations from the Prosecutor’s Office…

Daily World News Digest 13 September 2019

Enforced disappearance in Kashmir

The Guardian carries an interview with Parveena Ahangar, chair of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons in Indian-administered Kashmir. “Between 8,000 and 10,000 Kashmiris have been victims of enforced disappearance,” she says. “Ours is not a conventional organization of activists but a community of sufferers who share pain, support each other and live with hope that our disappeared children will be returned . . . we are seeking the answer to our questions – Where have you taken our sons? Where are our husbands?”

Mexico: President facilitate Ayotzinapa investigation

At a meeting this week in Mexico City with parents of the 43 students of the Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College who disappeared in 2014, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised to facilitate a more vigorous investigation of the case, beginning with a further meeting between the parents and Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero next week…

Daily World News Digest 12 September 2019

At least two persons exhumed in Srebrenica

N1 reports that incomplete remains of at least two people have been found at the Kazani settlement near Srebrenica. According to the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina the remains are believed to be those of victims killed of the 1995 genocide. The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is providing technical assistance with the excavation.

March for Srebrenica victims

The Mothers of Srebrenica and the Museum Of War And Genocide Victims 1992-1995 have organized a commemorative march through the city of Mostar for the victims of the Srebrenica genocide, N1 reports. Marchers carried banners and pillows embroidered with the names of victims and demanding that the search for human remains should continue.

Ireland: DNA tests for Tuam survivors

A report commissioned by Ireland’s Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has backed the collection of DNA samples from relatives of victims…

Daily World News Digest 11 September 2019

Sudan: families organize to search for missing protestors

All Africa reports on the plight of 60 Sudanese families whose loved ones went missing during the military crackdown on protestors on 3 June. The group of families have launched an initiative called “Mafgood” – “Missing” – to help families locate their relatives. So far, more than 128 bodies of protestors have been found.

Syria: civilians head toward Turkish border, fleeing Idlib

The number of civilians fleeing Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib toward the Turkish border has reached almost 500,000. Turkish Red Crescent head Kerem Kınık has told Deutsche Welle Turkish. He said Turkey has stepped up preparations for a new refugee wave as the number of civilians fleeing Idlib reaches hundreds of thousands.

Syria: nearly 3,000 detained or disappeared

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) says nearly 3,000 individuals are still detained or forcibly disappeared by Syrian Democratic Forces…

Daily World News Digest 10 September 2019

Syria: Another mass grave discovered in Raqqa

Asharq Al-Awsat reports that another mass grave was discovered in Raqqa, Syria. This is the 16th mass grave found in Raqqa since the militants of Da’esh were driven out from the city in the summer of 2017. Yasser Khamis, leader of the team of first responders, has lamented that they have encountered difficulties with determining the cause of death due to limited resources. “International human rights groups say they are concerned that local forensic groups are not getting the support, expertise and resources they need”.

UN cites abuses in Venezuela

The United Nations human rights Chief Michelle Bachelet said that extrajudicial killings appeared to be continuing in Venezuela and the Special Action Forces (FAES) presumed to be responsible had received support from the highest levels of government, Euronews reports. Alongside possible executions, Ms Bachelet’s office had documented cases of torture of soldiers and…