Daily Digest, 20 June 2019

ICMP: accounting for missing migrants

The JURIST legal news portal has published an op-ed by ICMP Commissioner Sanji Monageng in which she writes that the issue of missing migrants, refugees and displaced persons “cuts both internationally and domestically across a swathe of civil, criminal, and humanitarian law” and “has a direct bearing on the difficult relationship between the global South and the global North.” She notes that the appropriate response is to develop “a systemic approach based on the rule of law”. https://bit.ly/2x6zTOQ

Iraq: excavations of mass graves in Sinjar

The Lalish Media Network reports that the Iraqi National Team for mass graves is preparing the third phase of excavating graves in Kocho Village in Sinjar. Dr. Zaid Ali Abbass Al-Yousif, the Director of the Medico-Legal Department explained the technical challenges related to collecting DNA samples and asked for more support from the International Commission on Missing Persons and UNITAD. (Original article in Arabic). https://bit.ly/31NCStV

New standards for missing indigenous women investigations introduced

Bills before the US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs addressing the deaths and disappearances of Native American women will require law enforcement to submit annual reports in order to give lawmakers more information on the number of cases, the Associated Press reports. New standards on law enforcement responses to missing persons reports will be proposed. https://bit.ly/2IumeaZ

Mexico: figures of missing persons in the City of Torreón published

A report published by the Belisario Dominquez Institute reveals that the City of Torreón in the State of Coahuila in Mexico had 543 reported missing persons cases from 2000 to 2017. The State of Coahuila had 1,743 cases in the same period, the Mexican newspaper, La Verdad reports (original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/31Jiji8

The UN calls Khashoggi killing unlawful

Aljazeera reports that the UN extrajudicial executions investigator, Agnes Callamard, has stated that the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi “constituted an extrajudicial killing for which the State of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is responsible”. The location of Mr. Khashoggi’s remains are unknown, as the Saudi authorities have not disclosed this information. https://bit.ly/31JBPe8

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.