Daily World News Digest, 16 June 2017

London fire: Tower victims “may never be identified”

The BBC reports today that police have warned they may never be able to identify all of the people who died in the fire that engulfed a west London block of flats. Emergency services were to spend a third day searching for bodies in the burnt-out Grenfell Tower in North Kensington. Seventeen people are known to have died but that figure is set to rise, with fears the death toll could exceed 60. Fire chiefs say they do not expect to find more survivors, while PM Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry. Six victims of the blaze have been provisionally identified. However, Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said there was “a risk that sadly we may not be able to identify everybody”. http://bbc.in/2shoXdZ

IOM’s new report on the human trafficking and other exploitative practices in the Mediterranean

On Thursday, Relief Web carried a story on the report about the flow monitoring surveys that are part of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) activities in the Mediterranean, started in October 2015. Report presents the results of a 5,329 interviews conducted in Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia from February to May 2017.  It offers greater insight into migrants´ decision making process in the country of origin and in the country of departure/residence, and provides analysis on responses to human trafficking and other exploitative prevalence indicators. http://bit.ly/2t8OmH3

Sri Lanka: Missing persons’ family members demand truth

The Daily Mirror reported on Thursday that a group of family members of missing persons in Sri Lanka had reportedly attempted to wade towards the deep sea off Trincomalee today in protest to the government’s alleged failure to look into the investigations of the missing persons. Relatives have also staged a protest outside the Trincomalee Governor’s office by displaying the pictures of the disappeared prior to wading into deep waters. They demand the government to reveal what had happened to the disappeared and to ban the Prevention of Terrorism Act and release all political prisoners. http://bit.ly/2ry8kxx

Burundi: UN report notes ‘’serious human rights violations in a climate of widespread fear’’

On Thursday, UN Human Rights Council has published a report of its Commission of Inquiry on Burundi underlining a ‘’feeling of deep and widespread fear running through the gathered testimonies’’. The report notes concerning scope and gravity of human rights violations and abuses in Burundi since April 2015. These violations include extrajudicial executions, acts of torture and other inhuman and degrading treatment, sexual and gender-based violence, arbitrary arrests and detention and enforced disappearances, often accompanied by demands for large ransoms from families in exchange for promises to release detainees or to find those who have disappeared. http://bit.ly/2s87bf3

Items in 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.