Daily Digest, 16 July 2019

Syria: more than 300 human remains in Raqqa mass grave

AFP reports that 313 sets of human remains have been exhumed from a mass grave that was discovered near the northern city of Raqqa in June. The victims, who are believed to have been killed by Da’esh, include women and children. https://bit.ly/2Y4qVRu

UN urged to respond to Philippines “war on drugs”

The ABS-CBN news network from the Philippines reports that the iDefend group (In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement) claims that tens of thousands have died in the Philippines “war on drugs” since the start of the Duterte administration in July 2016. The group has called on the government to exert all means to prevent extrajudicial killings. https://bit.ly/2M0cSpH

Pakistan: missing persons groups at risk

The Wire reports that more than 100 members of Pakistani civil society have released a statement citing “colossal crises” in the country as a result of “repeated undemocratic interventions and a lack of consistent sustainable policies” and identifying, among other things, what it says have been efforts to “malign and suppress” movements working on behalf of missing persons. https://bit.ly/2YRadCg

HRW: Egyptian dissidents “face torture and persecution”

Human Rights Watch reports that eight Egyptian dissidents who have been sent back from Kuwait face the risk of torture and persecution. The dissidents were arrested separately in Kuwait after the Egyptian authorities sought them for crimes allegedly committed in Egypt as members of the Muslim Brotherhood. https://bit.ly/2XRoFsG


 Items in the Daily World News Digest are summaries of published reports relevant to the issue of missing persons, compiled by ICMP staff. These items do not necessarily reflect the position of ICMP.