Daily World News Digest, 10 February 2015

Migrants die of hypothermia after Lampedusa boat rescue

The BBC reported on 9 February that at least 27 migrants have died of hypothermia after being picked up near the island of Lampedusa, according to the Italian coast guard. They were part of a group of 105 people found on board an inflatable boat about 160 kilometres from the Italian territory. In October 2013, 366 migrants lost their lives when the fishing boat they were travelling in capsized off the coast. In response, Italy established a search and rescue mission called Mare Nostrum, but it was disbanded a year later. The European Union now runs a border control operation, called Triton, with fewer ships and a much smaller area of operations. http://bbc.in/1AdZwK7

Mexico defends probe of 43 missing students

AFP reported on 9 February that the Mexican attorney general’s office has rejected criticism of its conclusions in the case of the 43 students who were abducted in the state of Guerrero in September. “It is unacceptable that – in the face of a body of evidence, expert (investigations), confessions, statements and investigative inspections – there are attempts to sow doubts that around 40 people were executed and incinerated,” a statement issued on Monday said. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam declared on January 27 that the “historical truth” was that the students were murdered after corrupt police handed them over to the gang. Only one of the students was identified among the charred remains. http://yhoo.it/1KI5lk9

Italian trial for Latin American cases of enforced disappearance

The Prensa Latina news agency reported on 8 February that the trial of 33 officials implicated in the murders and disappearances of 23 Italians in Latin America in the 1970s and 80s will begin in Rome on Thursday. The case involves Operation Condor, coordinated among the dictatorships of Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay. Investigations into the murders or disappearances of the 23 Italians began in 1999 with the presentation of arguments by relatives of the victims in an Italian court. http://bit.ly/16KHiDC

Families of missing persons protest in northern Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan news portal, ColomboPage, reported on 9 February that families of missing persons in northern Sri Lanka held a protest in Jaffna on Monday, calling on the new government to take steps to account for victims of enforced disappearance. At the local government office the protesters presented a petition addressed to President Maithripala Sirisena. http://bit.ly/1zrNXtc

Climbers find Chilean plane crash site after 54 years

ITV News reported on 9 February that Chilean mountaineers say they have found the wreckage of a plane that crashed in the Andes 54 years ago, killing 24 people including eight members of a professional football team. The Douglas DC-3 plane, carrying members of the top-division Chilean team Green Cross, disappeared on April 3, 1961 after the club had played an away match in Osorno. The team and staff were spread over two flights. One of the planes reached Santiago and the other apparently vanished, giving rise to one of the great unsolved mysteries in Chile’s history. http://bit.ly/1DwDZxe

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.