Daily Digest, 5 June 2019

Kuwait proposes a UN resolution on missing persons

Kuwait has begun its presidency of the UN Security Council with the aim of securing a UN resolution to find missing people and protect civilians in armed conflict, The National newspaper from UAE reports. The 15-member Council has already discussed proposals, and a draft resolution is expected this week, asking all 193 UN members to cooperate and follow legally binding procedures to find those missing in war.  https://bit.ly/2ET0yCZ

Spain: exhumation of General Franco delayed

Days before the scheduled exhumation of the human remains of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, the Supreme Court has ordered the government to suspend its reburial plan to give relatives more time to pursue an appeal, The New York Times reports. The case has touched on key issues of individual rights and collective memorialization. https://nyti.ms/2WbQk6N

Libya: aid group urges evacuation of migrants

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has called for thousands of refugees and migrants in detention centers across Libya to be evacuated to Europe, Aljazeera reports.  MFS has criticized detention center conditions, citing dozens of cases of abuse and torture. Nearly 6,000 people are confined in detention centers according to MSF. https://bit.ly/2ImpaVA

Families call for action on disappearances in Sri Lanka

The Tamil Guardian reports that families of the disappeared from the northern Sri Lankan town of Vavuniya demonstrated in Jafna on Saturday, demanding action over enforced disappearances. “Marking ten years since the end of the armed conflict when families handed over their now missing partners and children to Sri Lankan security forces,” the families criticized political representatives “for their failure to resolve the issue”. https://bit.ly/2WiuKNM


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.