Daily World News Digest, 12 March 2019

Syrian detainees “a priority at Brussels conference”

The EU Observer publishes an article today by Mariam al-Hallak, co-founder of the Caesar Families Association, a civil society group working on the issue of Syrian detainees. The article urges participants at the EU-sponsored conference on Syria being held in Brussels this week to put pressure on the Damascus regime to free detainees, and “to make the detention issue the number one priority on their agenda.” https://bit.ly/2NVQBIl

Anniversary of Thai disappearance

Human Rights Watch has published an article on the 15th anniversary of the disappearance of Thai human rights lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit. Somchai was abducted on 12 March 2004 and later murdered, but his body has never been found. The article argues that investigations have been hampered by the fact that Thailand’s penal code does not recognize enforced disappearance as a criminal offense. https://bit.ly/2Hx4YBX

Mass graves in eastern Iraq

KirkukNow reports that since the rise of Da’esh in Diyala in eastern Iraq in 2014, 216 civilians have gone missing and 70 have been found in a small number of mass graves in the town of Saedia, where more graves are expected to be found. (Original article in Kurdish) https://bit.ly/2ETOZe7

Memorializing the Unknown Soldier

The US radio show, 99% Invisible, has published a detailed analysis of ways in which unidentified military casualties of conflict are memorialized, examining, among other things, how advances in forensic science, including the use of DNA, have changed the nature and practice of memorialization. https://bit.ly/2EWw2rn

Toronto: missing persons cold cases

The Toronto Police Service has put out calls for information on missing persons from the 70s, 80s and 90s, CBC News reports. The police missing persons unit, established in July 2018, intends to publish one case every week “for as long as necessary” to ensure that all cases, including historical cases, are investigated. https://bit.ly/2TxL8xi


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.