Daily World News Digest, 21 February 2019

DR Congo: police accused of enforced disappearances

Human Rights Watch has accused security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo of killing at least 27 young men and boys and forcibly disappearing seven others during an anti-crime campaign between May and September 2018. It says that, “police officers, often wearing civilian clothes, apprehended without warrant suspected gang members at night from their homes or other locations. In many cases, the police blindfolded and bound the victims, took them to unidentified locations, and killed them. http://bit.ly/2GTdKtz

Syrian officials face prosecution in Sweden

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, which works to assist survivors of torture in Syria, says nine Syrians have filed a criminal complaint in Sweden against senior officials of the Damascus government, the New York Times reports. The complaint in Sweden follows similar moves taken in several European countries. https://nyti.ms/2tv5KXB

South Sudan: enforced disappearances

The Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, a United Nations Human Rights Council investigative body, has released a report documenting horrific attacks on civilians, destruction of property and forced displacement, and shocking levels of rape and sexual violence against women and girls as young as seven, Human Rights Watch reports. It details many cases of arbitrary detention by South Sudan’s national security agency, torture and abuse of detainees, deaths in custody, and enforced disappearances. http://bit.ly/2NiDwIV

Venezuela: Amnesty documents rights violations including extrajudicial killings

Amnesty International has accused Venezuelan police of hundreds of human rights abuses following the start of pro-democracy protests in the last month. The abuses include 900 arbitrary detentions and six extrajudicial killings, the organization said in a statement. Rights group says 41 people died from gunshot wounds between 21 and 25 January in public protests, adding that Venezuelan authorities detained 137 children and adolescents over a 10-day period starting 21 January. http://bit.ly/2Vc8jK9

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.