Daily World News Digest, 27 September 2018

Human Rights Watch: Iraqis forcibly disappeared in counterterrorism operations

Human Rights Watch has documented 78 cases of enforced disappearances in Iraq carried out by pro-government forces, Al Jazeera reports. In a report published on Thursday, the rights group said 74, mostly Sunni Arab men and four boys, had disappeared between April 2014 and October 2017, often in the context of counterterrorism operations. In the same report, HRW urged Iraqi authorities to establish an independent commission of inquiry. http://bit.ly/2xFSbY4

Nigeria: Wives and mothers of detainees looking for whereabouts of their loved ones

Voice of America brings stories of mothers and wives of detainees in Nigeria which have created a network to seek accountability for the whereabouts of their loved ones. Amnesty International has documented thousands of cases of forced disappearances where people are held in secret detention facilities across the country without charge or trial. http://bit.ly/2NGWrR0

Angola: Human Rights Watch calls President to investigate past rights abuses

Human Rights Watch have called Angolan President João Lourenço to investigate past rights abuses by state security forces. Rights group highlights that for 12 months in the office, President has remained silent over the role of the military and police in past grave abuses, including the Huambo massacre of 2015 and alleged extrajudicial killings. http://bit.ly/2R1dWcN

Bosnia and Herzegovina struggles with migrant influx

With the cold weather approaching, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has voiced concerns about the hundreds of migrants and refugees housed in tents in north-west of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), as local authorities struggle to find a sustainable solution. BiH Security Minister, Dragan Mektic, said the number of migrants registered, presumably heading to Western Europe, is now 14,969 – of whom 13,958 had expressed an intention to seek asylum, but only 399 actually had done so, Balkan Insight reports. http://bit.ly/2OlsDJq

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.