Daily World News Digest, 7 September 2017

Human Rights Watch: “epidemic of torture” in Egypt

Egypt’s president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, has given police and national security officers a green light to use torture with impunity, according to a report issued by Human Rights Watch. The organization says arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and torture against perceived dissidents by police and security forces in Egypt is common. Egypt’s “epidemic of torture”, with techniques including an “assembly line” of beatings, electric shocks, stress positions and sometimes rape by security forces, could amount to a crime against humanity, it says. http://bit.ly/2w57Axs

Duterte: “zero tolerance” for extrajudicial killings

Police officers involved in extrajudicial killing will be held accountable if they are shown to have committed wrongdoing, President Rodrigo Duterte said on 6 September. The President said he does not give directives to authorities to exercise killing of “defenseless” individuals. Speaking about the August killing of a 19-year old student near Manila, Duterte said “I will pursue the case against the police and [if] need be, they will go to jail. I did not order to kill a child or an adult, and even the enemy on bended knees. That’s not the norm or the rule of democracy.” Carl Angelo Arnaiz went missing for 10 days before his body was found. He had gone to buy midnight snacks near his house, but never returned home. http://bit.ly/2wageKV

Remains of three Peshmerga recovered from a mass grave

The bodies of three Peshmerga men have been recovered from a mass grave in west Mosul and returned to the Kurdistan region, where families of the men have been waiting for more than three years. http://bit.ly/2gJwZqO

Ship that rescued migrants in Mediterranean to help Rohingya

A rescue ship that has plucked tens of thousands of migrants from the Mediterranean is shifting operations to Southeast Asia to help Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar, the aid group said. The Malta-based MOAS, or Migrant Offshore Aid Station has rescued tens of thousands of migrants from smugglers boats that were distressed, sinking or capsized in the Mediterranean since it began operating in 2014. Tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since violence erupted in neighboring Myanmar on 25 August. https://usat.ly/2iZgrPI

EU court rejects bid by Hungary and Slovakia to avoid taking in migrants

An attempt by Hungary and Slovakia to challenge an EU policy requiring them to accept refugees has been dismissed by the European Court of Justice. The Hungarian Foreign Minister described the ruling as ‘outrageous and irresponsible’ and vowed that Hungary would fight any attempt to resettle migrants without government approval. http://n.pr/2f6dZme

Remains of 1,400 German soldiers reburied in Russia

German and Russia soldiers have re-buried the remains of more than 1,000 Second World War troops. The troops were all German soldiers and were found in the Leningrad region. The troops have been reburied in the German cemetery in Sologubovka, approximately 40 miles from St. Petersburg in Russia. http://dailym.ai/2f6jh1c

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.