Daily World News Digest, 13 May 2019

Deaths confirmed after boat capsizes

The deaths of 37 Bangladeshis have been confirmed after their vessel capsized off the coast of Tunisia, Asian News Network reports. It says the boat was carrying more than 50 migrants who have not yet been accounted for. The International Organization for Migration has called it the deadliest migrant boat sinking since January. It says as many as 443 migrants have either died or gone missing in the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year. https://bit.ly/2VzNPiW

Malta rescues 85 migrants from sinking vessel

A Maltese patrol boat rescued 85 migrants off the coast of Malta late Friday night, Malta’s military said. Deutsche Welle reports that the migrants were rescued from the sinking wooden boat off the Maltese coast. http://bit.ly/2Vk9AhT

Mexico: mass graves discovered in Jalisco

United Press International reports that several mass graves have been discovered in three farms in the Mexican state of Jalisco. The remains of at least 35 people, including seven skulls, have been discovered in the exhumation of the mass graves. The Prosecutor, Gerardo Octavio Solis confirmed that the investigation has so far identified the remains of two people. https://bit.ly/2Hiv0Za

Syria: disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture

The New York Times newspaper reports that the Syrian government is carrying out “industrial-scale” arbitrary arrests and torture in prisons. It quotes the Syrian Network for Human Rights, which says nearly 128,000 people are presumed to be dead or still in custody. The articles says approximately 90 percent of disappearances are due to regime detentions. https://nyti.ms/2HehdCG

Argentina: declassified documents shed light on forced disappearances

Documents declassified by the US State Department related to the “Dirty War” in Argentina from 1974 to 1983, shed new light on the forced disappearance of 30,000 people, international assassination squads that stalked victims abroad and the kidnapping of hundreds of babies born in detention, International Business Times reports. https://bit.ly/30jurWv

Genealogy database helps identify victim and her killer after 36 years

A new approach to DNA identification, which brought together the genealogy database, GEDmatch, the DNA Doe Project, and an organization called Identifinders, helped identify a hiker and her killer 36 years after the homicide, the New York Times reports. A list of relatives provided by the genealogy database was pivotal in proving the identification of both individuals. https://nyti.ms/2YoZkqy

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.