Daily Digest, 19 June 2019

Malaysia: mass graves of human trafficking victims

The Malaysian Royal Commission of Inquiry into mass graves and human trafficking camps discovered in the north of the country in 2015 has concluded hearings and will issue a report later in the year. Radio Free Asia reports that 139 mass graves and 28 abandoned human trafficking camps were found, with many of the victims believed to be Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. https://bit.ly/2MWeJxN

Venezuela: missing migrant figure increases

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that more than 80 Venezuelans have gone missing or died in the Caribbean in the past two months. The disappearances were caused by three shipwrecks in the Caribbean when the migrants were travelling to Trinidad and Tobago, where an estimated 51 to 67 Venezuelan migrants and refugees went missing. https://bit.ly/2KZQFaH

Enforced disappearances in southern Thailand

Human Rights Watch has published an analysis of human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, related to the long-running insurgency in southern Thailand and the military authorities’ response. https://bit.ly/2Fk8MEF

Ukraine: construction planned on top of mass graves with Holocaust victims

The planned construction on the site of mass graves containing Holocaust victims in Ukraine has prompted a protest from the Jewish community. The President of the World Jewish Congress said the construction on top of the mass graves is “deeply troubling” as the mass graves should not be moved or hidden, the Isreali newspaper Haaretz reports. https://bit.ly/2IYy3oG

Campaign launched to raise awareness on forced disappearances

The World Baloch Organization and the Baloch Republican Party has launched a campaign in London to raise awareness on enforced disappearances in Pakistan. The campaign focuses on human rights abuses including extra judicial killings and forced disappearances, the Unrepresented Nations and People Organization reports. https://bit.ly/2ImOxYO

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.