Daily Digest, 25 June 2019

Extrajudicial killings in Philippines

The Philippine National Police has announced that 6,600 persons were killed between July 2016 and May 2019 in the campaign against illegal drugs initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte, the Inquirer reports. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says her office is following the situation closely due to the extraordinarily high number of deaths and persistent reports of extrajudicial killings. https://bit.ly/2LeNqfF

Eritrea: “unknown number” jailed incommunicado

An article published by Human Rights Watch notes the UN Human Rights Council conclusion that in Eritrea “an unknown number of citizens are jailed incommunicado, without trial or opportunity to appeal and detainees are held in awful conditions that fail to meet basic minimum detention standards, while women and girls continue to risk sexual violence”. https://bit.ly/31V8jCg

Syria: political activist forcibly disappeared

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) reports that security forces in the city of Suwayda in southwestern Syria have forcibly disappeared the political activist Mohannad Shehab al Din. SNHR says the Syrian regime has been responsible for arresting nearly 1,478 individuals, of whom the whereabouts of 764 are unknown. http://bit.ly/2X7Vhmf

Venezuela: forced disappearances and arbitrary arrests

According to Spanish newspaper, El País, four officers from the National Armed Forces and two commissioners of the Criminal, Scientific and Criminal Investigations Corps (CICPC) have been arbitrarily detained in Venezuela. Human rights defenders say these new arrests are enforced disappearances as the whereabouts of the individuals are unknown. (Original article in Spanish). http://bit.ly/2XwPQg3

Mexico: 238 people missing in the state of Michoacán

The Mexican newspaper, La Jornada reports that the state of Michoacán recorded a total of 617 disappearances between 1 January and 31 May. It says 379 people have been found alive but 238 are still missing (Original article in Spanish). http://bit.ly/2IFphNv

Bodies found near the Rio Grande Texas

The bodies of a woman and three children have been found near the Rio Grande in south Texas, the Los Angeles Times reports. The victims are believed to be migrants who suffered dehydration and heat exposure. https://lat.ms/2Nc2rBA

US-Mexico border: migrants go missing

Anadolu Agency reports on fatalities among migrants tryintg to enter the US frfom Mexico, noting that according to the International Organization for Migration, 214 men, 20 women and four children died in 2018, but “the remains of as many as 138 could not be identified for age or sex. The exact number remains unknown because many are simply never found.” http://bit.ly/2LfzAty

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.