Daily World News Digest, 20 September 2018

Rwanda: Over 18,000 victims exhumed from mass graves in Kigali

Remains of 18,331 genocide victims have been exhumed from 41 mass graves from two sectors in the City of Kigali, the New Times reports. According to Ibuka, the umbrella organization of Genocide survivors, the excavations started in April and most of mass graves were found beneath houses in residential neighborhoods. http://bit.ly/2MQD2rL

UN: Systematic involuntary disappearances continue in Egypt

Egypt’s security forces continue to carry out “systematic forced disappearances” against rights activists and many citizens, the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) announced, Middle East Monitor reports. WGEID also noted that the Egyptian authorities have not cooperated with the UN on resolving the issue. http://bit.ly/2xoeTnu

Human Rights Watch calls Turkmenistan to end practice of enforced disappearances

Human Rights Watch has welcomed Turkmenistan’s acceptance of many of the recommendations made during its Universal Periodic Review. However, rights group warns that the families of more than 100 persons have no official information about the fate or whereabouts of their loved ones since their deprivation of liberty. HRW added that “Turkmenistan’s false assertion of what constitutes an enforced disappearance raises serious concerns about the government’s apparent willingness to engage on the issue”. http://bit.ly/2MO3Toj

Rights group accuses Mexican military, police of unlawful killings

National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), the Mexican ombudsperson has presented a report accusing Mexican military and police of extrajudicial killings of two persons while confronting presumed fuel thieves in the central state of Puebla in May 2017. According to the report, eight other people died and 13 people, including four minors, were detained with excessive force, Voice of America reports. http://bit.ly/2xz1Y1i

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.