Daily World News Digest, 22 January 2019

Pakistani missing persons activist arrested

Reuters reports that Pakistani activist Alamzeb Mehsud, affiliated with a group that has angered the country’s military with its campaign against disappearances, was arrested on Monday, according to a Member of Parliament, leading Amnesty International to call for him to be charged or immediately released. Mehsud is a founding member of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), which has called for answers to the thousands of unresolved missing persons cases in Pakistan, primarily from the ethnic Pashtun region bordering Afghanistan. https://reut.rs/2Mme7O3

Extrajudicial killings reported during Zimbabwe disturbances

The Zimbabwean authorities must ensure that the security forces exercise restraint and respect the rights of people protesting against massive fuel price hikes, Amnesty International said on the second day of a national strike in Zimbabwe. At least eight people have reportedly been killed by security forces and 200 arbitrarily detained during the present disturbances. http://bit.ly/2RHM9C3

Amnesty warns about atrocities in Nigeria

Osai Ojigho Director of Amnesty International Nigeria has warned authorities that disbandment of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other special squads is not enough and must be followed with concrete reforms that will end unnecessary and excessive of force, extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary detention and extortion by police forces. http://bit.ly/2RDwN1D

Murders in Mexico rise by a third in 2018 to new record

Murders in Mexico rose by 33 percent in 2018, breaking the record for a second year running, official data showed, Reuters reports. Investigators opened 33,341 murder probes compared with the previous year’s record of 25,036, according to information from the Interior Ministry. The data shows 861 cases of murders of women in 2018 compared with 735 in 2017. https://reut.rs/2DrKlEE

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.