Daily World News Digest, 1 November 2017

Albania’s search for hundreds of mass graves

Albania’s government is in consultation with the International Commission on Missing Persons about the possibility of locating mass graves and identifying victims of enforced disappearance from the Communist era. Between 1945 and 1991, an estimated 200,000 people passed through labor camps in Albania, and more than 6,000 went missing. http://bbc.in/2A548pH

Protecting the right to security in The Philippines

The Philippine Star has published an opinion piece examining the case of two young men, Manny and Raffy, who were abducted and tortured by soldiers in a village in Luzon. They escaped after eighteen months. Even though they are now physically free, the piece notes, “the people who have abducted and detained them are still at large and have not been accountable in any way. They are directly connected with the armed forces and are thus in a position to threaten Manny and Raffy’s rights to life, liberty and violate their right to security or the freedom from fear, guarantee of physical and psychological integrity or right against torture and guarantee of protection of their rights by the government.” http://bit.ly/2iQLC06

Philippines: families of drug war victims seek justice

Mothers of teenagers who have been killed in the war on drugs have staged a protest in front of a police station in Quezon City, Metro Manila, “to send a message to the Philippine National Police (PNP)”. Protestors chanted “Stop the killings,” and a banner was pinned to the police station’s fence, which read, “Address the roots of drug addiction.” http://bit.ly/2z37mtE

Italy pairs child migrants with guardians

A new program in Italy is connecting adults with unaccompanied child migrants to help them enroll in school, apply for healthcare and gain legal status. So far, 2,100 Italians across the country have applied to be guardians. A pilot project has been underway since June in the Sicilian capital Palermo enrolling 40 teenagers, aged 14 to 17, from countries including Gambia, Sudan, and Bangladesh. http://bit.ly/2h1Hnyq

Europe’s offensive against those who are helping refugees

Three years ago, the EU’s Mare Nostrum search-and-rescue operation had brought 130,000 refugees safely to Europe’s shores in the space of 12 months. Following a shift in EU policy, activists who were once dubbed heroes are now being treated as villains. In France and Denmark people are jailed for providing shelter to homeless migrants. On the border between Greece and Macedonia more than 60 volunteers have been subjected to a campaign of harassment and intimidation by armed police. In Italy, undercover intelligence agents have infiltrated NGOs and operated covertly on search-and-rescue boats. Several vessels have now been seized pending further investigation. http://bit.ly/2zVsWQb

Items in 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.