Daily World News Digest 15 November 2019

Myanmar: ICC to investigate atrocities against Rohingya

The International Criminal Court has authorized an investigation into alleged crimes in Myanmar committed against the country’s Rohingya minority, such as enforced disappearances, extrajudicial executions and arbitrary arrests, Amnesty International reports. Amnesty’s Director for East and Southeast Asia commented that “it remains essential that the UN Security Council refers the situation in the whole of the country to the ICC”. https://bit.ly/2pkgqdg

Venezuela: extrajudicial killings

A special report released by Reuters documents the outcomes of a four-month investigations into extrajudicial killings conducted by Venezuelan police forces. Reuters has reviewed internal government data revealing that 5,280 people died in police hands last year, 160 percent more than in 2016. https://reut.rs/3714Bts

Mexico: Mothers of Missing Migrants seek solidarity

Mothers of missing migrants from Central America have begun an annual journey through Mexico highlighting cases of migrants who went missing while crossing the country on their way to the US, el Periódico reports. The mothers are urging authorities to “create search mechanisms and protocols for supporting families, and the creation of databases of missing migrants, and coordination among institutions” (Original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2NQ5ldy

Egypt: human rights record reviewed

Serious concerns over Egypt’s human rights record have been raised at the UN Universal Periodic Review this week, Middle East Monitor reports. Cases of enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and other abuses documented since 2014 have been presented, although the government continues to deny allegations, the news portal says. https://bit.ly/32Qx0PM

Amnesty: “hundreds killed” in Bangladesh drug crackdown

Amnesty International maintains that extrajudicial killings are taking place in Bangladesh as part of the government’s war on drugs, Aljazeera reports. The group says law enforcement agencies are suspected of committing 466 extrajudicial killings in 2018. The government denies the charge and says its war on drugs will continue. http://bit.ly/2CKpZp9

Japan: bodies of historical mass grave discovered

A total of 187 sets of human remains from a cemetery in the grounds of a Buddhist temple demolished a century ago have been found close to the nearly completed National Stadium in Tokyo, news.com.au reports. The cemetery is believed to have been established in the 1730s. http://bit.ly/2KrKvPA

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.