Daily World News Digest, 11 April 2018

Iraq seeks ICMP assistance on missing refugees

Iraq has no record of refugees missing inside the country, and is seeking foreign assistance in this regard, Migration Minister Jassem al-Jaff said on Tuesday. He said nearly five million Iraqis have been displaced inside and outside Iraq and that Iraq can benefit from the help of the International Commission on Missing Persons to assist displaced families who have lost relatives. https://bit.ly/2qldmLi

Seven Myanmar soldiers sentenced for massacre

Seven Myanmar soldiers have been sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday for “contributing and participating in the murder” of 10 Rohingya Muslim men last year. The Myanmar military admitted to the killings in January, marking the first time that the government has accepted responsibility for mass killing of Rohingya. https://bit.ly/2v4kDUz

More than 500 migrants die in Mediterranean so far this year

The International Organization for Migration has recorded 876 migrant deaths and disappearances worldwide so far in 2018. IOM reports that 16,089 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 of whom 521 migrants are believed to have died. https://bit.ly/2GS0TVN

Turkmenistan: little progress on stopping enforced disappearances

Turkmenistan’s government has not implemented key recommendations from the UN’s Universal Periodic review of 2013, according to the Vienna-based Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights, which says the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly; freedom from torture, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances; freedom of movement; and adequate compensation for forced evictions “continue to be seriously and systematically violated in the country”. https://bit.ly/2GSNjp6

Philippines: activists missing in Mindanao

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines Far South Mindanao (NDFP) has expressed concern that two individuals associated with the NDFP who have been missing since 24 February 24 “may have been executed by intelligence and military operatives or have been tortured”. The NDFP said prior to their disappearance, the two had been conducting dialogues with peasant and indigenous people allegedly affected by operations in Mindanao’s South Cotabato province. https://bit.ly/2IMpdcb

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.