Daily Digest, 17 June 2019

Mediterranean countries increase efforts to find missing persons
Countries in the Mediterranean have pledged to coordinate and increase their efforts to trace nearly 18,500 migrants that have gone missing since 2014 while making the perilous journey to Europe, AFP reports. The commitment was made as part of a Joint Process to account for missing migrants, which held its second meeting at the Headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons in The Hague. https://bit.ly/2ISUjk6

Malta: pledges to increase efforts to find missing migrants in the Mediterranean
The online newsportal, NewsBook reports that representatives of Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta have met at ICMP HQ to discuss cooperation on the issue of missing migrants. In a Joint Statement, Malta, Greece and Cyprus said that “locating missing migrants requires effective cooperation among States in a range of fields, including improving the utility of available data, forensic and other technical aspects, and support to families of the missing.” https://bit.ly/2MRS7hN

New figures on missing migrants
Relief Web
reports that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has recorded more than 15,000 deaths in the central Mediterranean since 2014, while only 5,000 migrants have been found. https://bit.ly/2Ii7mw1

Iraq: Raging wildfires have destroyed several Yezidi mass graves

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Sunday that several raging wildfires have spread beyond farmland and burned several mass graves containing the remains of Yezidi victims, Kurdistan 24 reports. KRG Deputy Minister of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs Baravan Hamdi said two mass graves were burned. https://bit.ly/2RpH2mU

Sudan: government response to deadly protest crackdown

Anyone found responsible for killing protesters after 3 June, when security forces moved to break up a sit-in outside the headquarters of the armed forces in Khartoum, faces execution, a top Sudanese general said yesterday, according to The National. A doctors’ group connected with the protests said more than 100 people were killed, including 40 whose bodies were thrown into the Nile before members of the forces retrieved them and took them to an unknown destination. https://bit.ly/2RhlHvR

US: missing Native American women in Washington state

The Guardian reports on a meeting in southern Washington state at which participants shared stories about Native American women who have disappeared. The state legislature has tasked local police to examine the alarming number of deaths and disappearances of Native American women. The article notes that “there is a need for more effective coordination between tribal, state, local and federal law enforcement agencies as well as a centralized database that can accurately track this crisis. https://bit.ly/2IP3yBs

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.