Daily Digest, 3 June 2019

Canada: killings and disappearances of Indigenous women

The New York Times reports that 1,181 Indigenous women were killed or disappeared in Canada between 1980 and 2012, prompting calls for a new approach to criminal investigations in Indigenous communities. https://nyti.ms/2WhC417

Iraq: 27 bodies found in mass graves

The website AntiWar reports that 27 bodies have been found in mass graves 60 kilometres south of  Mosul in Iraq. The victims are believed to have been victims of Da’esh. https://bit.ly/2wBq7UA

Colombia: families urge government to take action on missing persons

RCN Radio from Colombia reports that 10,000 of around 80,000 missing persons cases in the country have been resolved, and says families of the missing are urging the authorities to take more action to address the issue of missing persons (Original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2QK5sHq

Syria: 395 cases of arbitrary arrest in May

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) says there have been at least 395 cases of arbitrary arrest, including 206 cases of enforced disappearances documented in May 2019 in Syria. It says most of these violations have been carried out by the Syrian security services and that detainees are often tortured. https://bit.ly/317IHSD

Genoa: Italian navy rescues 100 migrants

An Italian navy ship has rescued 100 migrants and brought them to the northern port of Genoa, according to the Italian news agency ANSA. They were rescued on Thursday from a boat in distress off Libya’s coast. Among migrants from Libya, Cameroon, Somalia, the Ivory Coast, Mali and Nigeria there were 23 minors and 17 women including several who are pregnant. https://bit.ly/2Xme5dx

Two migrants die, 25 missing, off Libya

Reuters reports that two migrants have died and around 25 are still missing after their inflatable boat capsized off the western Libyan coast. A total of 73 migrants are reported to have been picked up by a coastguard patrol: those rescued originated from Sudan, Kenya, Ivory Coast and Nigeria included 40 men, 25 women and eight children. https://reut.rs/2JRQFtx


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.