Daily World News Digest 11 September 2019

Sudan: families organize to search for missing protestors

All Africa reports on the plight of 60 Sudanese families whose loved ones went missing during the military crackdown on protestors on 3 June. The group of families have launched an initiative called “Mafgood” – “Missing” – to help families locate their relatives. So far, more than 128 bodies of protestors have been found. http://bit.ly/2lPS34U

Syria: civilians head toward Turkish border, fleeing Idlib

The number of civilians fleeing Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib toward the Turkish border has reached almost 500,000. Turkish Red Crescent head Kerem Kınık has told Deutsche Welle Turkish. He said Turkey has stepped up preparations for a new refugee wave as the number of civilians fleeing Idlib reaches hundreds of thousands. https://bit.ly/2lHLAJB

Syria: nearly 3,000 detained or disappeared

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) says nearly 3,000 individuals are still detained or forcibly disappeared by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). It says the SDF is “attempting to legitimize” arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance, and kidnapping in the areas they control “under the pretext of fighting terrorism and extremists”. http://bit.ly/2m3Gnf4

Libya: hundreds of refugees to be evacuated to Rwanda

The Guardian reports that hundreds of African refugees and asylum seekers trapped in Libyan detention centers will be evacuated to Rwanda under a “life-saving” agreement reached with Kigali and the African Union, according to UNHCR. More than 50,000 people fleeing war and poverty in Africa remain in Libya, where a network of militias run overcrowded detention centers, and where there are reports that people have been sold as slaves or into prostitution. http://bit.ly/2mbLgD2

Mexico: mass grave found

At least 75 bags with dismembered human remains have been discovered in a clandestine burial pit by authorities in Jalisco, western Mexico, the Daily Mail reports. Mexico set a record for homicides in the first half of 2019 with 17,608, up 5.3 percent compared to the same period in 2018. https://dailym.ai/2lIoIcU

Prosecuting war crimes after closure of the ICTY

An opinion piece carried by Anadolu Agency examines the implications of the closure of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). It says “war crimes suspects who held high-level positions in political and military spheres in the Western Balkans have breathed a sigh of relief as regional co-operation between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Croatia now only exists on paper, the author argues. Experts and war crimes survivors see greater involvement of the international community as a possible solution.” http://bit.ly/2kDMgPK

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.