Daily Digest, 7 June 2019

Canada: missing indigenous women
The widespread killings and disappearances of indigenous women and girls in Canada constitute a “race-based genocide” that has claimed as many as 4,000 victims in the past 30 years, according to a landmark report released this week. The Guardian reports that the crisis is not confined to Canada: Indigenous women and girls in the US face estimated murder rates up to 10 times higher than the national average, and there is no comprehensive, federal database tracking cases related to the epidemic. https://bit.ly/31bPASF

Mexico: missing persons figure increases in Michoacán
The Mexican newspaper, Mi Morelia reports a rising number of missing persons in recent years in the state of Michoacán. It says 400 people have gone missing in the last three months, of whom 259 have been found. State Attorney-General Alfredo Ramírez Bedolla says a forensics group is needed to identify unidentified human remains (Original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2Xz3QTs

Thousands of Syrians detained by Assad regime
Thousands of Syrians have been arrested over the past year in areas recaptured by the Assad regime, The Independent reports, citing rights groups. Since April 2018, more than 3,600 people have been detained in Syria and among them an unknown number of women and children. Some were released after questioning, but around 2,400 are in prison. Thousands have died and mass arrests and disappearances continue. https://ind.pn/2WtE72b

Iraq: Authorities expected to start identifying remains from mass graves
AFP reports that the process of identifying the remains of 141 people found in mass graves in Yezidi regions of northern Iraq will begin soon, according to the head of Baghdad’s forensic office, Zaid al-Yousef, who says remains will first be examined and then DNA samples will be taken to compare with samples gathered from families. https://bit.ly/2Kv6eqF

Sudan: death toll rising
reports that Sudan has been suspended by the African Union Peace and Security Council, following a military crackdown that has left more than 100 dead and many wounded. More than 40 bodies were removed this week from the River Nile.  https://bit.ly/2WVO3AO

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.