Daily World News Digest, 25 May 2017

“More than 100 cases of enforced disappearances in Egypt in 2017”

The Middle East Monitor on Wednesday carried a story on a report issued by a group called Stop Enforced Disappearance. The report says that 107 people were forcibly disappeared in Egypt in 2017. Of these, 99 people have been located while eight are still missing. According to the report, 45 people were held in custody, six were released, one was convicted in court, three were released without trial and four were acquitted. The fate of the remaining 40 people could not be definitively determined, but a majority are believed to be still in detention. Egypt’s Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar said in an earlier statement that “there is no enforced disappearance in Egypt. http://bit.ly/2qeoED0

Ezidi activist highlights continuing plight of captives

On Wednesday, Reuters reported that Iraqi parliamentarian and Ezidi activist Vian Dakhil has urged other Ezidis to stand for election in 2018. Vian Dakhil, one of the two Ezidi parliamentarians in Iraq, broke down in tears in Iraq’s parliament in August 2014 when she pleaded for help for the religious minority under attack. In just days about 3,100 Yazidis were killed and 6,800 kidnapped to become sex slaves or fighters for Da’esh. Dakhil recalls that 420,000 Ezidis are living as refugees in Kurdistan in miserable conditions and thousands of girls are still in captivity. http://tmsnrt.rs/2rCmvRt

Philippines: Amnesty International urges “utmost restraint” in Mindanao

Today, the Rappler news portal reported that Amnesty International has urged the Philippine military to comply with the country’s obligations under international human rights law and to exercise “utmost restraint” in implementing martial law in Mindanao. Human rights groups are calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to retract this announcement of martial law, which, they say, is open to abuse. http://bit.ly/2qYSecR

Mediterranean: 34 refugees reportedly drowned off Libya

Al Jazeera reports today that at least 34 people, including young children, died after about 200 people fell off an overloaded vessel 37 kilometers off Libya on Wednesday, according to the Italian coastguard.  The incident was one of 15 rescue operations underway on Wednesday off the Libyan coast. http://bit.ly/2qYZ95C

Investigation into human rights violations in Mosul

ABC News reported on Wednesday that Iraq’s Interior Ministry has launched an investigation into allegations of human rights violations perpetrated by Iraqi forces fighting Da’esh in Mosul. The allegations are based on an Iraqi photographer’s report claiming he witnessed killing, torture and rape of Da’esh suspects, and were first reported by Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine last weekend. http://abcn.ws/2rhvat0

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.