Daily World News Digest, 29 September 2016

Nigeria: Crackdown on journalists and assault on protests shrinking civic space

Amnesty International published an article yesterday arguing that “the continuing spate of arrests and detentions of journalists and bloggers amid the security forces’ violent disruption of peaceful protests underscores how the Nigerian government appears determined to crush dissent and suffocate freedom of expression”. The article notes that on 6 September, police stopped members of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement gathering to march to Aso Rock Presidential Villa to demand that the government do more to secure the release of Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram over two years ago. The police had been duly notified of the protest march. Since the abduction of the Chibok girls in April 2014, the movement has been gathering peacefully at Unity Fountain, where recently there has been a continuing police presence apparently aimed at preventing any form of civil assembly, Amnesty says. http://bit.ly/2dcgSQW

US rights group says abuse rife in notorious Egypt prison

The Daily Mail carried a story yesterday on a report by Human Rights Watch that has found that the authorities at a maximum-security prison in the Egyptian capital routinely abuse political prisoners by cramming them into packed cells, cutting off access to families and lawyers, and blocking medical treatment. The prison “sits at the end of the state’s repressive pipeline, ensuring that political opponents are left with no voice and no hope,” said Joe Stork, HRW’s deputy Middle East and North Africa director. “Its purpose seems to be little more than a place to throw government critics and forget them,” he added. Britain-based Amnesty International says abductions, torture and other brutal tactics such as enforced disappearances are used as a tool to stifle dissent. http://dailym.ai/2dtgEbJ

Mexico: authorities “reckless approach to human rights

The Wire reported yesterday that the disappearance of 43 students has become shorthand for the authorities’ “reckless approach to human rights” – where those responsible for crimes such as torture, extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances are rarely brought before the courts. This week marks two years since 43 students from a rural school in southern Mexico were forcibly disappeared after a brutal confrontation with security forces. http://bit.ly/2dFBp2U

Crimean Tatars: EU Condemns Human Rights Violations in Crimea

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) reported yesterday on a statement by the European Union on human rights in Ukraine. The EU cites “the plight of the Crimean Tatars and how their rights have been severely violated since Russia’s illegal annexation in 2014”, UNPO says.  It says the report shows persistent patterns of human rights violations and abuses like enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention, torture and ill treatment. http://bit.ly/2d6GRgF

Hundreds missing after Indonesia volcano erupts

The Mirror reported yesterday that hundreds of people are missing after a volcano unexpectedly erupted in Indonesia. About 1,100 tourists have been evacuated from the resort island of Lombok, next to Bali. The country’s disaster agency said almost 400 tourists remain missing. http://bit.ly/2cDlbm1

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.