Daily Digest, 12 June 2019

United Nations Security Council addresses missing persons

The UN News Center reports that on Tuesday the Security Council adopted its first-ever resolution dealing specifically with persons reported missing in armed conflict. Unanimously adopting resolution 2474 (2019), the Council called upon parties to armed conflict to take all appropriate measures, to actively search for persons reported missing, to enable the return of their remains and to account for persons reported missing “without adverse distinction”. https://bit.ly/2Zm9fhe

Nadia Murad asks for protection for mass graves

Nadia Murad, the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, has asked the Iraqi Government and UN to take proper steps to protect mass graves from fires that have spread across the Sinjar area in northern Iraq, Ezidi 24 reports. Wild fires in the wheat and barley fields that contain mass graves have raised fears among the Yezidi community that the fires may damage mass graves and destroy evidence and human remains. https://bit.ly/2KK7mqq

United States: volunteers helping migrants in Arizona arrested

The New York Times reports on efforts by volunteers to help migrants in distress in the southern US. It cites the case of one activist who was arrested for helping two migrants who were dehydrated and hungry. The report notes that more than 3,000 migrants have died crossing the Arizona desert since 2000 and that eight volunteers from one volunteer group have been prosecuted for providing humanitarian aid. https://nyti.ms/2wPxUhQ

Migrants missing in the Mediterranean

Seven people are reported to have been killed and 57 others rescued after a boat carrying migrants overturned near the Greek island of Lesbos, according to the BBC. On Tuesday morning, bodies of four women, two children and a men were recovered off the port of Mytilene. Rescue teams are still searching for more victims and it is expected that number of deaths will rise in coming days. https://bbc.in/2WtPTEZ

Enforced disappearances in Bangladesh

Human Rights Watch has urged the government of Bangladesh to account for the enforced disappearances of a number of individuals, including Kalpana Chakma, an activist who went missing in 1996 after being arrested by a local law enforcement group. HRW says forced disappearances of activists and critics of the government are common in Bangladesh. https://bit.ly/2ZlgzJI

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.