Daily World News Digest, 14 May 2019

Syria: enforced disappearances

Human Rights Watch reports that members of the UN Security Council have been urged to address arbitrary detentions, kidnapping, torture, and enforced disappearances of tens of thousands of Syrians at the hands of the Syrian government, armed anti-government groups and Da’esh. A statement by rights organizations notes that “Despite the staggering evidence of violations and the continuing devastating impact these practices have had on Syria, very little progress has been made to release arbitrarily-held detainees, provide information on the whereabouts of the disappeared and missing, and hold the actors responsible for these violations accountable.” https://bit.ly/2VqeBFy

Liberians urge President to support war crimes court

Liberian and international groups have called on President George Weah to support a war crimes court to bring justice for atrocities committed during Liberia’s civil wars. According to Human Rights Watch, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which operated between 2006 and 2009, recommended creating a war crimes court – the Extraordinary Criminal Court for Liberia – to try those responsible for grave crimes committed during Liberia’s armed conflicts from 1986-96 and 1999-2003. That recommendation has never been carried out, and no one implicated in abuses has been prosecuted in Liberian courts. http://bit.ly/2HnyFDL

Vietnam: 128 prisoners held incommunicado

Amnesty International reports that there has been a surge in the number of prisoners of conscience in Vietnam, where the authorities are holding at least 128 prisoners. The report notes that a number of the prisoners were jailed due to social media comments and that prisoners have been tortured, held incommunicado and denied medical care. https://bit.ly/2Q3rvID

Uruguay: evidence of Condor Plan revealed

Uruguay has disclosed evidence against 13 Uruguayan military officials who took part in the Condor Plan, La Red 21 reports. The Condor Plan was a political repression campaign that included enforced disappearances, torture, murders and surveillance during the dictatorship from 1973 to 1985 (Original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2E81VgS

Mediterranean: Migrants missing and detained

Lebanon has detained three Syrian refugees while five are believed missing after a fishing boat capsized on Monday, the Associated Press reports. Meanwhile, Moroccan authorities stated that they have stopped three boats carrying 117 sub-Saharan migrants from crossing to Europe. Moroccan authorities have stepped up security after Spain became the leading migration entry point to Europe last year. https://wapo.st/2VsPzWE

Germany: Nazi victims laid to rest in Berlin

The remains of several Nazi victims have been laid to rest in Berlin after more than 300 small pieces of human remains from World War Two were found. The news network The Local reports that the remains were from victims of Anatomy Professor Hermann Stieve. The identity of the victims, who were female, have been kept confidential at the request of their families. https://bit.ly/2WD4TRI

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.