Daily World News Digest, 1 March 2019

Syria: new mass grave found

A mass grave containing the bodies of dozens of people who may be Yezidis who were enslaved by Da’esh has been found in Deir Al Zor province in Syria, Reuters reports. According to sources, many of the bodies found in the Baghouz area were those of women. https://reut.rs/2EF8ckE

Philippines: rights groups call for end to harassment

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) have called for the end of Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on human rights defenders”, Rappler reports. Rights groups say the President’s violent rhetoric “has created a climate in which attacks against human rights defenders are acceptable and perpetrators are never punished”. http://bit.ly/2GR8B6a

Missing persons in Pakistan

Pakistan’s Missing Person Commission says it had resolved 3,659 cases out of 5,853 as of the end of February, the News from Pakistan reports. http://bit.ly/2H7otRf

Algeria: call for end to arbitrary arrests

Algerian security forces must refrain from using excessive or unnecessary force to disperse peaceful demonstrations against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term in office, said Amnesty International. At least 41 protesters have been arrested since the demonstrations began last Friday, according to official figures. Most were arbitrarily detained for a few hours before being released. http://bit.ly/2EFaS1G

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.