Daily World News Digest 11 November 2019

Syria: arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances

UN monitors report that scores of civilians are being killed and wounded, and thousands are fleeing their homes as violence and human rights abuses escalate in northern and northeastern Syria, Voice of America reports. Civilians have been victims of airstrikes, ground-based strikes and summary executions and a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for human rights says people recently displaced have been subjected to arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance after returning to their homes. http://bit.ly/2NBW2Oj

Mexico: mass grave in Sonora

The Associated Press reports that 10 more bodies have been uncovered in a mass grave near Puerto Peñasco, a seaside resort in the Mexican state of Sonora about 100 kilometers from the border with the US state of Arizona. This brings the number of bodies found at the location since the end of October to 52. https://abcn.ws/2K9f509

Thailand: officials to be charged with disappearance of activist

The Bangkok Post reports that a court in Thailand has approved warrants for the arrest of a former chief of the Kaeng Krachan National Park and three other officials in connection with the murder of Karen activist Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen. Searches conducted from April to August this year discovered charred human bone fragments which matched DNA from Porlajee’s mother, leading police to conclude that Porlajee had been murdered. https://bit.ly/34OHe4r

Sri Lanka: transitional justice challenges

Whoever wins Sri Lanka’s Presidential election on 16 November “will face enormous challenges with ensuring the country meets its human rights obligations to deliver justice for past crimes and prevent future abuses”, according to Human Rights Watch. Among other things, HRW notes that while the authorities have established an Office on Missing Persons, it is not yet fully functioning. https://bit.ly/33Do9C5

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.