Daily World News Digest, 29 August 2018

Syria: 82,000 forcibly disappeared since 2011

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) says in a report that almost 82,000 Syrians have been forcibly disappeared by the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad since the start of the conflict, with more than 14,000 listed as having died in detention. https://bit.ly/2wk9lK8

Spain: Civil War mass grave uncovered

Forensic archaeologists in eastern Spain have unearthed remains from a mass grave of 100 people believed to have been executed by the Franco regime at the end of the Civil War, Sky News reports. Mass graves across Spain are believed to hold at least 114,000 victims of the Civil War. http://bit.ly/2wxtiw2

Mediterranean migrants detained in Libya

African migrants refused entry by Italy last week said they have been detained by smugglers for up to two years in Libya and subject to human rights abuses. Reuters reports that the International Organization for Migration believes that thousands of migrants are still being detained in Libya. https://reut.rs/2MCThNu

UN cites enforced disappearances in Yemen The UN Human Rights Council has released a summary report detailing war crimes committed in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition, which include enforced disappearance of civilians. https://bit.ly/2wuprzR

HRW highlights enforced disappearances in Chechnya

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has written to Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the support of Amnesty International and Front Line Defenders, urging the Russian authorities to address the Chechnya government’s targeting of human rights defenders and activists. Among other things, HRW urges Putin to address the issue of enforced disappearances in Chechnya. https://bit.ly/2LAcFWa

Nigeria begins hearings on alleged human rights violations

Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission has begun a public inquiry into alleged human rights violations by the Nigeria Police Force Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), including allegations of enforced disappearance of civilians by SARS officers. https://bit.ly/2ogxoVN

Uighur victims of enforced disappearance

The Financial Times reports on allegations that China’s economic influence has resulted in regional persecution of Uighur populations in neighboring countries. Members of the Uighur diaspora cite intimidation and enforced disappearance by foreign governments as a means of forcing them to return to China. https://bit.ly/2MzESC3

Human remains from Iran-Iraq war recovered

The body of an Iraqi soldier missing since the Iran-Iraq War has been recovered from a town near Halabja, where the remains were found during construction work, according to the Kurdish News Network Channel. Large numbers of Iraqi and Iranian soldiers are still missing from the conflict (original article in Arabic). https://bit.ly/2Nwmjea

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.