Daily World News Digest, 22 February 2018

Around half of kidnapped Yezidis still missing

The International Crisis Group on Tuesday urged the authorities in Iraq to stabilize the Sinjar region in order to help the Yezidi minority, who have been brutalized at the hands of Da’esh. Around 100,000 Yezidis have fled the country while 360,000 have been displaced and live in Iraqi Kurdistan or across the border in Syria. Kurdish Iraqi officials in December 2017 said around half of the Yezidis kidnapped by Da’esh are still missing and that 47 mass graves containing the remains of Yezidis have been found since 2014. http://bit.ly/2EMO6qr

Ex-President of Bolivia to stand trial in US for rights abuses

A federal judge in Florida has ruled that former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and his former defense minister, Jose Carlos Sanchez Berzain, must stand trial in the US in relation to the extrajudicial killing of at least 50 citizens by the Bolivian military in 2003. The conflict in which the killings allegedly took place concerned the privatization of natural resources and the exploitation of Bolivia’s vast natural gas reserves. http://bit.ly/2GzYPRx

Amnesty International accuses Nigerian security forces of widespread abuses

In 2017, Nigerian security forces carried out widespread human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, mass detention in sub-human facilities, attacks on the media and journalists, violent crackdown on peaceful protesters, and forced evictions, Amnesty International said in a report released this week. The report condemns the Nigerian military for its “total disregard” for human rights in its execution of the war against the Boko Haram group. http://bit.ly/2HEsMBu

Bahrain: human rights activist sentenced

The Bahrain High Criminal Court has sentenced the prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison for criticizing torture in a Bahrain prison and Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, Human Rights Watch reported. According to HRW, the new prison sentence for Nabeel Rajab is “the latest chapter in years of persecution and efforts to silence an activist solely for his efforts to sound the alarm on human rights abuses”. http://bit.ly/2Gzd3lK

Items in 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.