Daily World News Digest 13 August 2019

Accounting for migrants missing in the Mediterranean

The Time Magazine has published an in-depth article on efforts to account for thousands of missing migrants in the Mediterranean. The article examines how ICMP’s Missing Migrants Program can help governments to take effective action. “This is a huge challenge given the global nature of migration,” said ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger, adding that the issue can be addressed if there is political will on the part of governments. In 2017, ICMP started the first phase of the project that brought Italy, Greece, Malta and Cyprus together to sign an agreement and start work on the technicalities of the search for migrants missing in the Mediterranean. http://bit.ly/2ZYFFyX

Enforced disappearances in Laos

Human Rights Watch has highlighted enforced disappearances of Lao and Thai nationals in Laos. The Lao government has never disclosed the fate or whereabouts of a prominent civil society leader, Sombath Somphone, who was forcibly disappeared in the capital, Vientiane, in December 2012. The rights group has called Australian Government to use the sixth Australia-Laos human rights dialogue to press the Lao government to end its systematic restrictions on the rights to freedom of speech, association, and assembly. http://bit.ly/2N5HiqK

Malaysia: Fears of impunity

Pressure group Citizens Against Enforced Disappearances (CAGED) is concerned that the structures set up to handle police misconduct may never deliver results, reports Malaysia news site Malaysiakini. According to CAGED, disappearances of Amri Che Mat and Raymond Koh eight months ago, were cases of enforced disappearance where members of the Special Branch are the culprits. https://bit.ly/2KNoEBg

Genealogists in United States identified victim found 38 years ago

Using DNA, genealogists in United States have finally confirmed the identity of the “Belle in the Well,” found 38 years ago, the Atlantic reports. A nonprofit DNA Doe Project has so far solved 12 cases, however, the case of Belle was the hardest and took 14 months to resolve. http://bit.ly/2YM8q5h

British teenager missing in Malaysia

BBC reports on the disappearance of 15-year-old British teenage girl in Malaysia. Family believe she may have been abducted and have offered financial reward to help find her while police are treating it as a missing persons case. https://bbc.in/2ZWlTE8

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.