Daily Digest, 5 July 2019

Poznan Summit: Western Balkans progress in accounting for the missing

A dedicated meeting on accounting for persons missing from the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia has been held in the framework of the 6th Berlin Process Summit in Poznan, Poland. Representatives of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the regional Missing Persons Group (MPG) met with UK Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan, among other things to discuss the progress that has been made by the MPG in implementing the agreed Framework Plan to locate and/or identify the 12,000 persons who are still missing from the conflicts. https://bit.ly/2RQSqYY

Migrant boat capsizes off Tunisia

More than 80 people are feared dead after their boat capsized of the coast of Tunisia according to the UN migration agency, The Guardian reports. The boat sank on Wednesday off the port town of Zarzis and 82 of the migrants who had been onboard were missing. https://bit.ly/2Ny7vjF

UN reports on executions in Venezuela

AFP carries an article on a UN report that says nearly 7,000 people have been killed in Venezuela by security forces in the past year and a half. The report will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. It says Venezuela’s police Special Forces are the main drivers of extrajudicial killings. https://yhoo.it/2XOH5hy

Call for UN probe into Philippines drug war killings

More than 20 countries have called for a UN investigation into thousands of killings in the Philippines “war on drugs”, Reuters reports. Iceland submitted the draft resolution, which is backed by mainly European states. The government of President Rodrigo Duterte says that more than 5,000 suspected drug dealers have been killed by police. Human rights activists say that at least 27,000 have been killed. A. vote on the resolution in Geneva will be held before the end of the three-week session on 12 July. https://bit.ly/2JbkiVc

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.