Daily World News Digest 14 January 2020

Latest figures reported for Mexico mass grave

AFP reports that the bodies of at least 29 people have been unearthed from a mass grave on a property outside Mexico’s western city of Guadalajara, in Jalisco – a state hard-hit by violence linked to organized crime, and the same area where authorities have found a total of 80 bodies since November. Nearly 2,500 murders were reported in the state between January and November last year.

Enforced disappearance, other rights violations in China

Radio Free Asia reports on the refusal by immigration authorities in Hong Kong to allow Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth to enter the territory on Sunday. Roth was due to present a report on China’s human rights record. “My denial of entry pales in comparison to the harassment that Chinese activists routinely endure – jail, torture, and enforced disappearance simply for trying to secure basic rights for their fellow citizens,” he said.

Thailand: missing children

The Bangkok Post covers a report released by the Mirror Foundation, an NGO, which says 244 children went missing in Thailand last year, with the number of missing girls 50 percent higher than the number of missing boys (99 boys and 145 girls). Only 193 having been found so far. The foundation reported that a total of 321 and 422 children went missing in Thailand in 2018 and 2017, respectively.

DNA database delivers identifications in Belgium

In Belgium last year more than 1,100 people being sought as criminal suspects or as missing persons, were identified due to their DNA profiles being in databases, according to The Brussels Times, quoting the newspaper La Capitale. In 2019, 9,193 new DNA profiles were added to Belgian DNA databases used for human identification.

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.