Daily Digest, 24 July 2019

Gambia: army officer admits extrajudicial killings of journalist and migrants

Gambian army officer has testified that he and his two colleagues shot dead journalist Deyda Hydara in 2004 on orders from then- President Yahya Jammeh reports Reuters. Army officer Malick Jatta said he was a member of Jammeh’s elite guard known as the “junglers” and admitted their involvement in the killings of more than 50 migrants in the following year. https://reut.rs/2GrBhR9

Thailand: new government fails to address enforced disappearances

Human Rights Watch states that Thailand’s new government policy fails to provide a pathway for restoring respect for human rights after five years of military rule. Since January 2004, 6,800 people were killed in the ongoing armed conflict in the southern border provinces with Thai authorities regularly failing to conduct serious and credible inquiries into torture allegations and enforced disappearances. At least three Thai political activists have been forcibly disappeared in Laos and two others have been killed. Another three Thai political activists returned by Vietnam to Thailand have also been missing. https://bit.ly/2Z3NtPr

Extrajudicial killings in Nigeria

Nigerian police has killed eleven protesters, while dozens of others were wounded or arrested during Shia Islamic Movement protests against detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El Zakzaky, who has been arrested in 2015, Human Rights Watch reports. https://bit.ly/2Grnf25

UN called to investigate kidnapping of Libyan Member of Parliament

The member of the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR) for Benghazi, Jalal Al-Shuwaihdi, has asked the UN Security Council to probe the kidnapping of HoR member Siham Sirgiwa, The Libya Observer reports. Al-Shuwaihdi’s letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls for investigating all forced disappearances and crimes against politicians, and activists. http://bit.ly/30YWDNT

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.