Daily World News Digest, 22 March 2018

UN: extrajudicial and unlawful killings persist in Libya

Armed groups execute and torture civilians in Libya with almost complete impunity seven years after the revolution that toppled Muammar Gaddafi. Libyans and migrants are often held incommunicado in arbitrary detention in appalling conditions, and reports persist of captured migrants being bought and sold on “open slave markets”, the UN human rights office says in a report to the Human Rights Council. http://reut.rs/2ucJVQ0

Iraq: “more than 3,000 people facing death” over terror-related offenses

Amnesty International has expressed alarm over an Associated Press report that Iraqi authorities have detained or imprisoned at least 19,000 people accused of links to Da’esh or other terror-related offenses, and sentenced more than 3,000 of them to death. Thousands have been arbitrarily arrested, forcibly disappeared, and routinely subjected to torture and horrific conditions in detention, Amnesty says. http://bit.ly/2G1NeLp

Fate of disappeared stirs anger in Pakistan

Although rights groups say that cases of disappearance of Pashtuns in Pakistan have been common for the past decade, a wave of peaceful protests began after a young Pashtun man was gunned down by police in Karachi in an incident an inquiry has since ruled to be an extrajudicial killing. The Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), which organized the protests, has compiled a list of approximately 1,200 missing persons after speaking to families. http://bit.ly/2DJ3nDf

Pakistan: Fugitive cop Rao Anwar arrested in extra-judicial killing of youth

A police officer who was allegedly involved in several extrajudicial killings has been arrested. Rao Anwar was suspended on 20 January over charges of killing a Pashtun youth, Naqeebullah, in Karachi. He appeared before the three-judge bench hearing the case against Mehsud’s murder on 21 March, one day after his arrest. http://bit.ly/2pwvTnD

Reuters reporters have spent 100 days behind bars in Myanmar

Following a groundbreaking report detailing the deaths of 10 Rohingya Muslims found in a mass grave in the country’s west, where the military has been accused of a campaign of ethnic cleansing, two Reuters reporters have now spent 100 days behind bars in Myanmar. They could face up to 14 years in prison if convicted of possessing secret government documents. http://ti.me/2GP4O6t

 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.