Daily World News Digest 16 January 2020

ICMP assists with identification of 1989 Central Texas shooting victim

Work by the International Commission on Missing Persons in cooperation with the DNA Doe Project and the Williamson County Texas Sheriff’s Office has enabled the identification of a woman who was found shot to death in September 1989 in Williamson County, Texas, KWTX reports. ICMP used its specialized methods for DNA extraction of highly degraded samples, and recovered enough DNA for genetic genealogy analysis to be conducted. A tentative identification of Sue Ann Huskey was made in December and was confirmed after a member of Huskey’s family provided a DNA sample.

Enforced disappearance in Bangladesh

The Daily Star from Bangladesh covers the latest Human Rights Watch report on the country, which finds that in 2019, although the government denied involvement in enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, torture and other violations, “security forces persisted with a long-standing pattern of covering up unlawful killings by claiming deaths occurred during a gunfight or in crossfire.” Among other things, the HRW notes that indigenous rights activists in the Chittagong Hill Tracts “face threats of arrest, enforced disappearance, and violence”.

Malaysia: report on disappearances delayed

Free Malaysia Today reports that a task force investigating the conduct of police in Malaysia related to the abduction and disappearance of two activists has asked for more time to deliver its final report, more than six months after it was originally formed.

Safe ports in Italy for 240 rescued migrants

Italian authorities have granted permission to NGO rescue vessels carrying 240 rescued migrants top dock at the ports of Taranto and Messina Info Migrants reports. The German-run Sea-Watch 3, carrying 119 migrants, has been directed to Taranto while the Spanish Open Arms vessel, with 118 rescued migrants, will dock in Messina. Four EU countries have agreed to receive the migrants.

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.