Daily World News Digest, 16 January 2019

Syrian human rights report cites enforced disappearances

The Syrian Network for Human Rights has released an 80-page special report for 2018, which, among other things, cites approximately 7,706 cases of arbitrary arrest during the year, including 504 children and 699 women. The report calls on the UN Security Council to ensure the security and safety of millions of dispossessed Syrian refugees, and to ensure their safety from arrest, torture or enforced disappearance, and it urges the Syrian regime to reveal the fate of some 82,000 Syrian citizens arrested by the security services. https://bit.ly/2swoWnE

OM: 16 Mediterranean migrants dead in first 13 days of 2019 

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday that 2,200 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in the first 13 days of 2019, a slight increase over the 1,915 arriving in the same period last year, with 16 Mediterranean deaths reported this year. IOM said that most recently, the Libyan Red Crescent had recovered the remains of five people on 13 January off the town of Sirte. https://bit.ly/2Rylc3K    

Mexico: searching for the disappeared  

Human Rights Watch reports that Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has established a Truth and Justice Commission to assist the families of the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teachers college who disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero, in 2014. The federal prosecutors’ office followed leads to clandestine graves near Iguala and, within a few weeks, exhumed 39 bodies, but none were of the students. Public attention to the disappearances prompted other people in Guerrero to demand investigations about their own missing loved ones or begin searching for them, their efforts have led to the exhumation of more than 160 bodies. https://bit.ly/2CmEvTq  

Ex-Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo acquitted at ICC 

The International Criminal Court in The Hague has acquitted the former President of Cote d’Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo of all charges of crimes against humanity, CNN reports. Gbagbo was in power from 2000 until his arrest in 2011, and had been on trial for violence in the country following the 2010 elections as he refused to step down after Alassane Dramane Ouattara was declared the winner. Thousands of people died and hundreds of thousands were displaced during the civil war that broke out. https://cnn.it/2RtUDwB  

India: Calendar on missing persons released 

The Tribune newspaper from northern India reports that the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) in India has released a calendar with the names and pictures of persons who have gone missing in the nearly three decades of the Kashmir conflict. The APDP says that around 8,000 people have disappeared since the conflict began in the region. https://bit.ly/2RS4yvg  


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.