Daily World News Digest, 10 April 2018

Human Rights Watch: Egypt must end enforced disappearances

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi should prioritize reforms to end serious human rights violations during his second term, Human Rights Watch said today. Since al-Sisi took power in 2013, the authorities have reconstituted and expanded the repressive instruments that defined the pre-2011 uprising era, HRW says, noting that “Enforced disappearances, mistreatment in prisons, widespread torture, and probable extrajudicial killings notably increased after March 2015.” https://bit.ly/2IH4eaA

Ethnicity and human identification

The student website Folia profiles the work of Professor Amade M’charek of the University of Amsterdam, who is studying the role of ethnicity in identifying missing migrants in the Mediterranean region. Among other things, Professor M’charek has launched an initiative to help the authorities in the Tunisian town of Zarzis in their efforts to give unidentified migrants a decent burial. (Article in Dutch) https://bit.ly/2EzaVZN

Iraq: mass grave found west of Mosul

Iraqi security forces say they have discovered a mass grave in Nineveh Province containing 40 victims of Da’esh, believed to be security personnel and employees of Iraq’s electoral commission. https://bit.ly/2qjkyYp

World War One victims identified

Nine Australian soldiers who were killed in action in France in 1916 have been identified. They were originally buried in unmarked mass graves along with another 250 Australian soldiers. https://bit.ly/2HbV60q

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.