Daily World News Digest 11 February 2020

Syria: enforced disappearances by Da’esh

Human Rights Watch has released a 57-page report highlighting 27 cases of enforced disappearance under Da’esh in Syria. HRW is urging the Syrian authorities to prioritize the effort to account for the missing and protect mass graves, and share information with families of the missing.

Bangladesh: extrajudicial killings

New Age Bangladesh reports that the human rights organization Odhikar has documented 391 extrajudicial killings in 2019. Despite “extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, and violation of freedom of expression and assembly,” it says the country’s National Human Rights Commission has failed to address these grave human rights violations.

UN Working Group examines enforced disappearances

MENA FN reports on the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances meeting in Geneva this week. It notes that more than 530 cases of enforced disappearance from 32 countries will be examined.

Spanish vessels rescue 119 migrants; 67 still missing

Spanish vessels have rescued 119 migrants traveling from Morocco on board two inflatable dinghies, but 67 people from a third boat are still missing, the Associated Press reports. A rescue charity alerted authorities on Monday about the third boat’s departure from Moroccan shores, saying that 49 men, 13 women and 5 children were on board.

US: DNA testing of remains from 18th century

The town of Portsmouth in the US state of New Hampshire have approved a plan to conduct DNA analysis of human remains at an 18th century mass grave, according to US News & World Report. The article alludes to “a remote possibility” of finding living descendants today.

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.