Daily World News Digest 31 October 2019

Egypt: wave of arrests

Deutsche Welle reports on the arrest of Egyptian journalist, blogger and human rights activist Esraa Abdel-Fattah, whose experience, it says, is representative of the Egyptian government’s policy of mass arrests since taking power in 2014. Reporters Without Borders estimates that at least 16 journalists have been arrested. It is calling for Abdel-Fattah’s immediate release, and for an end to the persecution of media professionals critical of the government. The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms says more than 4,300 people have been arrested in connection with protests that began in September. http://bit.ly/36veWxI

Chile: 13 women missing since the beginning of protests

The Jujuy al Momento news portal from Argentina reports that 13 women have been reported missing since 18 October when protests in Santiago, Chile, began. Gender Equality Minister Isabel Plá has been urged to address the issue of violence against women and uphold the rights and guarantees of citizenship (original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2psC2En

Syrians gather to demand justice for victims of disappearance

Amnesty International UK reports on Syrian survivors of torture and enforced disappearances, and relatives of victims, who have come together in what is “partly a self-care network and partly a powerful group advocating for the release of Syrian political prisoners and justice for all Syrians.” https://bit.ly/3229wXB

Afghanistan: war crimes, enforced disappearances

Afghan security units backed by the CIA have carried out extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, indiscriminate air strikes and other human rights abuses and should be dissolved, Human Rights Watch says in a 50-page report that has been disputed by the CIA. http://bit.ly/323KEyo

Russia: Mass grave from Stalin era

Deutsche Welle reports on the discovery of a mass grave of victims of Stalin’s purges in what was then the USSR. During construction works around his house, Vitaly Kvasha a resident of Blagoveshchensk, a city in the far east of Russia, on the border with China has found the mass grave with remains of more than 60 people. http://bit.ly/36lg0Uy

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.