Monthly Archives: October 2019

Daily World News Digest 3 October 2019

US: plan to collect DNA from immigrants

US authorities are preparing to collect DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of people in federal immigration custody and enter the results in a national criminal database, The New York Times reports. This would eliminate an exemption put in place to protect immigrants from a 2005 law authorizing a broad collection of DNA data. Immigrant and privacy advocates say the move raises privacy concerns for an already vulnerable population.

Mexico: the economic impact of disappearances

A study by the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Mexico has calculated the economic impact of murders and disappearances in the country, estimating an annual cost of more than 21 billion USD, the Infobae news portal from Argentina reports. It says the study takes into account the salary loss of missing persons, resources allocated to accounting for the missing, impact on life expectancy and…

Daily World News Digest 2 October 2019

ICMP in Colombia

In an interview with the Colombian daily newspaper El Espectador, Andreas Forer, the Head of Program of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Colombia, explains ICMP’s mandate and its work in the country, stressing that the biggest challenge in a large-scale and sustained missing persons process where victims have been buried in clandestine graves is maintaining the essential procedures that will ensure correct identification (Original article in Spanish).

Mediterranean: more than 1,000 deaths

More than 1,000 migrants and refugees have died in the Mediterranean this year, Voice of America reports. More than 18,000 people have died crossing the Mediterranean since 2014, according to figures from both the UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration. Both agencies have urged European Union member states to reactivate search and rescue operations and acknowledge the crucial role of aid groups’ vessels in saving lives at sea.

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Daily World News Digest 1 October 2019

Missing and murdered indigenous Americans

The Voice of America reports on the issue of missing and murdered Native Americans in the United States. It says that as of the end of September the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System had listed 404 missing Native Americans — 250 males and 154 females. The article notes that incomplete databases, complex jurisdictional rules, and limited resources and manpower have meant that only some cases have been addressed.

Philippines: commemoration of 1974 massacre

In an opinion piece, Business World from the Philippines reflects on the first commemoration of the “Malisbong massacre”, when Muslim Moros were murdered in Sultan Kudarat province in the southern Philippines. In the period since the massacre, unidentified human remains have been found and have been given appropriate burial. The first commemoration was led by the women of Malisbong.

Yemen: NGOs seek support from UN Human Rights Council

A coalition of…