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Daily World News Digest, 6 May 2015

Two skeletons found at trafficking camps in southern Thailand

The BBC reported on 5 May that Thai officials say they have found two skeletons possibly linked to people smuggling, days after the discovery of 26 bodies in a mass grave. Both skeletons were found in abandoned camps in Phang Nga province, the local governor said. One was tied to a tree. Phang Nga is several hundred kilometres from the site in Songkhla province where 26 bodies were found last week. Three Thais and a Burmese national have been arrested in Thailand on suspicion of human trafficking. The mass grave containing 26 bodies was discovered in an abandoned jungle camp close to the Malaysian border – an area regularly used by people-smugglers. Separately, a second camp with at least another five graves has been found in Songkhla province, officials said on Tuesday. The area is on a route regularly used by…

Global Missing Persons Trends

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ICMP’s Daily World News Digest   brings together news stories dealing with enforced disappearances and missing persons cases from around the world. It offers a snapshot of daily events and over a longer period it highlights key trends.

Mediterranean Migration

In April the European Union scrambled to produce a credible and humane response to a series of fatal incidents in the Mediterranean involving migrants seeking refuge from instability in the Middle East and parts of Africa. The EU had faced widespread criticism for what was perceived as its callous indifference to the migration crisis.

On 10 April the BBC reported  an announcement by Medecins Sans Frontieres that it planned to launch a search and rescue mission to save migrants trying to reach Europe by boat. The aid agency said it would operate a 40-meter ship, the MY Phoenix, from May to October. MSF rejected UK government claims that such services encourage…

Daily World News Digest, 5 May 2015

Libya/Tunisia: Presumed Death of Missing Journalists

Human Rights Watch reported on 1 May that officials from the internationally recognized Libyan government said in a statement on April 29, 2015, that two Tunisian journalists who had been missing in eastern Libya since September 2014 had been killed. The government said it did not provide any evidence due to difficulties in reaching the area where the bodies of the journalists are said to be located. The authorities also said that they had obtained information about the killings of a Libyan TV crew of five working for Al-Barqa TV, missing since August. Human Rights Watch is unable to independently verify any of the alleged killings. Human Rights Watch has documented killings of eight journalists in Libya and attacks against dozens of others since 2012. If it is confirmed that the foreign journalists have been killed, Libyan authorities should do everything possible to locate…

Daily World News Digest, 30 April 2015

Frustration over Nepal quake relief

The BBC reports today that frustration is growing in parts of rural Nepal over the pace of relief efforts, with some badly-affected villages yet to receive any assistance. Survivors in some areas told the BBC that they were angry that neither food nor medicine has reached them. The UN has appealed for $415m (£270m) to help provide emergency relief over the next three months. Meanwhile, a teenage boy has been rescued alive after spending five days trapped under rubble in Kathmandu. Crowds cheered as the boy was brought blinking into the daylight, a BBC reporter at the scene says. Officials say Saturday’s quake killed more than 5,500 people, and injured at least 11,000. http://bbc.in/1DXoJW4

Dutch Court Rejects Prosecuting Srebrenica Peacekeepers

Balkan Insight reported on 29 April that the military court in Arnhem ruled on Wednesday that the commander of the Dutch UN battalion Thomas Karremans, his…

Daily World News Digest, 29 April 2015

Nepal earthquake: Relief starts reaching remote villages

The BBC reports today that as relief efforts continue in the Kathmandu Valley, the response is broadening to include areas such as Dhading and Gorkha, according to the UN. The 7.8 quake has claimed more than 5,000 lives. Many survivors remain in desperate need of food and water. Thousands of people are queuing to board buses and leave the capital, amid fears of further aftershocks. Police have been deployed at the main bus station, with thousands increasingly desperate to leave, AFP news agency reports. http://bbc.in/1PW0GiQ

Nigerian army “rescues nearly 300” from Sambisa Forest

The BBC reports today that the Nigerian military says it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women from an area where the militant group Boko Haram is active. However, it said the girls abducted from a school in Chibok in April 2014 were not among them. The military said the girls…

Daily World News Digest, 28 April 2015

Nepal Earthquake: Facebook ‘Safety Check’ Helps Families Locate Loved Ones

NBC News reported on 27 April that as Nepal grapples with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake, a recently introduced application on Facebook may be helping some families and acquaintances breathe a sigh of relief. The social network’s Safety Check, which it rolled out last year, asks users in an area affected by disaster or tragedy if they are safe. Contacts can also find friends in the area, and in turn get notified about their status. http://nbcnews.to/1b6C3R1

Libyan TV crew found dead eight months after kidnap

The BBC reported on 27 April that five journalists belonging to a Libyan TV crew have been found dead, eight months after they were kidnapped. A government spokesman said the bodies were found near the city of Al Bayda, close to the site of the kidnapping. The crew was taken in August while travelling through…

Daily World News Digest, 27 April 2015

Rescuers struggle to reach remote Nepal areas as toll rises

The Associated Press reports today that the death toll from Nepal’s earthquake soared past 3,700 Monday, and how much higher it would rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. Reports received the government and aid groups suggest that many communities perched on mountainsides are devastated or struggling to cope. Saturday’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake spread horror from Kathmandu to small villages and to the slopes of Mount Everest, triggering an avalanche that buried part of the base camp packed with foreign climbers preparing to make their summit attempts. http://bit.ly/1A4Ahq4

Google ‘person finder’ tool deployed to help relatives find loved ones in Nepal

The Telegraph reported on 25 April that Google launched a “person finder” tool on Saturday to help users find loved ones affected by the…

Daily World News Digest, 24 April 2015

Mediterranean migrants crisis: EU triples funding

The BBC reports today that European leaders are to triple funding for search-and-rescue operations aimed at migrant boats in the Mediterranean following crisis talks in Brussels. The EU will also look at ways to capture and destroy smugglers’ boats and deploy immigration officers to non-EU countries, officials said. Several EU member states have promised more ships and other resources. The summit comes after more than 750 people died on a boat crossing from Libya on Sunday. Earlier, funerals for 24 of the victims were held in Malta. The number of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa has risen sharply in recent months. More than 35,000 are thought to have crossed from Africa to Europe this year and some 1,750 have died while attempting the journey. The estimated toll from Sunday’s capsizing was the worst on record. The boost in…

Daily World News Digest, 23 April 2015

Mediterranean migrants crisis: EU to hold emergency summit

The BBC reports today that EU leaders are due to hold an emergency summit on ways to stem the number of people risking the perilous journey across the Mediterranean. Draft proposals for the meeting include offering 5,000 places for resettlement for migrants “qualifying for protection” under a pilot project. http://bbc.in/1HXU0yt

People trafficking: More police needed to tackle gangs

The BBC reports today that more border police are needed to tackle “highly sophisticated” trafficking gangs targeting the UK, a think tank has warned. A report from the Centre for Social Justice claims the gangs are several steps ahead of the authorities. BBC News has visited one Slovakian village where homes are alleged to have been built with trafficking profits. The government said recent legal changes would make it harder for people to be exploited in the UK. http://bbc.in/1DRnN8T

Amnesty International to end refugee and…

Daily World News Digest, 22 April 2015

Central African Republic: Muslims held captive, raped

Human Rights Watch reports today that at least 42 Muslim Peuhl herders, mostly women and girls, are being held captive by Anti-balaka fighters in the Central African Republic and are at risk of sexual violence. There are reports that many others may also be held. United Nations peacekeepers and the government should act urgently to free them. Members of one family interviewed by Human Rights Watch on April 13, 2015, described the horrors they endured during 14 months of captivity in Pondo, a village in the southwest. The Anti-balaka killed two boys, ages about 6 and 7, and raped three young women and girls, one of whom became ill and died in captivity. Her year-old baby died of malnutrition. The surviving family members were rescued on April 4th and 5th. http://bit.ly/1yO5DG0

Mediterranean migrants: Details emerge of deadly capsize

The BBC reported on 21st April…