Daily World News Digest, 20 December 2018

Missing Egyptian activist might have been killed

Friends of Mostafa al-Naggar, a prominent human rights activist who served in Egypt’s first elected parliament after the revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, say that they fear he may have been killed by border guards while trying to flee the country, Middle East Eye reports. Egyptian officials did not respond to requests this week for comment on speculation that the activist may have been killed. https://bit.ly/2R8HLen

Hundreds of extrajudicial killings in DRC

Hundreds of human rights violations, especially extrajudicial killings have been documented in the last two years in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Relief Web reports. A UN report says armed groups were responsible for around two-thirds of the violations, while Government security forces – mainly the army and the National Police – accounted for the remainder. https://bit.ly/2LrKWZk

Rakhine State Commission on Human Rights criticized

Human Rights Watch has urged the UN to disband its commission of inquiry into abuses in Rakhine state, Myanmar. On 12 December, Commission Chair Rosario Manalo said “no evidence” had been found to support allegations of human rights abuses. “The Myanmar commission’s dismissal of the extensive documentation of gross human rights abuses against the Rohingya makes abundantly clear that it is not serious about seeking justice,” HRW’s Asia Director Brad Adams said, and he called on the Security Council to refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court. https://bit.ly/2Gyhlih

Brazil: 2018 sees the highest number of extrajudicial killings

Human Rights Watch reports that from January to November 2018, police killed 1,444 people in Rio de Janeiro state. HRW has called on federal and state authorities to take urgent measures to curb police killings, noting, among other things, that extrajudicial killings by some officers put the lives of other officers in danger “by antagonizing law-abiding citizens of the communities they patrol”. https://bit.ly/2AhCx6D

Mass grave was discovered in Kirkuk

Iraq’s Federal Police Command has announced that its forces have discovered a mass grave containing the remains of civilians executed by Da’esh in Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk, Shaafa News reports (original article in Arabic). https://bit.ly/2A83SId

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.