Daily World News Digest, 11 October 2018

Indonesia: major search and rescue operations due to end

Nearly two weeks after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the Indonesian city of Palu, the government says it has imposed a rescue deadline to stop the spread of disease, and because it has become increasingly difficult to identify bodies, the BBC reports. More than 2,000 people are known to have died and around 5,000 are still feared missing. https://bbc.in/2RGCV5B

Libya: mass grave containing 75 bodies found

A mass grave containing 75 bodies has been found near the former jihadist bastion of Sirte in western Libya, according to the Daily Mail. Seventy-five decomposed bodies were recovered in the presence of the public prosecutor. The coastal city’s municipal council spokesman, Mohamad al-Amial, said the find was made “a few days ago” and that the bodies were believed to be of Da’esh group members, although there was no confirmation. https://dailym.ai/2PsvEoq

China’s Xinjian region gives “reduction” camps a legal footing

Amid growing international concern over large-scale disappearances, China’s western Xinjiang region has written “vocational training centers” for Muslim Uighurs into law, according to the BBC. Rights groups have criticized the move. Sophie Richardson from Human Rights Watch described the formulation as “grotesque” and said “vast human rights abuses don’t deserve the term ‘law'”. https://bbc.in/2OPQml2

Identifying human remains in Bosnia and Herzegovina

FENA reports that the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has published an infographic that highlights the work of the NN (No Name) Working Groups that were established by the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2013 to review all cases of unidentified remains held in the country’s 12 mortuary facilities. http://bit.ly/2pMcajp

US citizen tortured and disappeared by Egyptian security forces

Khaled Hassan, a 41-year-old driver from New York was forcibly disappeared for four months, tortured and sexually assaulted by Egyptian security forces, according to The Guardian. Human Rights Watch said that independent forensic experts verified that photographs of Hassan’s wounds show lesions consistent with torture from electric shock devices. https://bit.ly/2C7AUdi

Greeks mourn ‘hero of Aegean’ who saved thousands of refugees

According to Reuters, Greeks mourned on Wednesday “the hero of the Aegean” who is credited with having rescued more than 5,000 refugees fleeing in small rubber boats across the sea at the height of Europe’s migrant crisis in 2015.  Coast Guard Lieutenant Kyriakos Papadopoulos who died on Tuesday at the age of 44, steered his patrol vessel out to sea during the crisis, rescuing refugees, including women and children, who were attempting the short but dangerous sea crossing from Turkey to Greece. https://reut.rs/2IME7Aa

Germany: fewer irregular migrants in 2018

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Tuesday that he does not expect Germany to see as many irregular migrants and refugees this year as projected, Deutsche Welle reports. Earlier reports estimated that up to 220,000 irregular migrants and refugees could arrive in Germany by the end of 2018. But that estimate proved significantly higher than the 100,000 recorded so far this year. http://bit.ly/2ywg2c9

EU committee proposes “humanitarian visas” for migrants

An EU committee on Wednesday proposed to issue “humanitarian visas” to promote regular migration and prevent deaths on migration routes to the EU, Anadolu Agency reports. Enabling EU countries to issue humanitarian visas at embassies and consulates abroad should promote regular migration and prevent deaths on migration routes to the EU countries. The committee agreed to ask the European Commission to submit a legislative proposal for the visa by 31 March 2019. http://bit.ly/2yF3U95

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.