Daily World News Digest, 16 May 2017

Philippine lawmakers reject impeachment of President Duterte

The Daily Mail reported on Monday that Philippine lawmakers have rejected impeachment proceedings against President Rodrigo Duterte. A formal complaint put forward by a parliamentary representative accused the president of a crime against humanity over the deaths of thousands of people killed in his war on drugs. The complaint alleged that Duterte has adopted a state policy of extrajudicial killings that has led to more than 8,000 deaths in the first eight months of his term. http://dailym.ai/2qLKZYu

Mass grave of Da’esh fighters found near Mosul

Iraqi News reported on Monday that Iraqi troops have found a mass grave containing what are believed to be the relics of 20 Da’esh fighters in a district retaken by Iraqi security forces in western Mosul. The bodies have been removed for forensic tests. http://bit.ly/2rljcer

Amnesty International: human rights defenders under threat

Relief Web carries a story today on a report released by Amnesty International, warning that human rights defenders are facing an “unparalleled global assault amid demonizing rhetoric, clampdowns on civil society and rampant use of surveillance”.  The Amnesty report says that 281 people were killed in 2016 for defending human rights, an increase from 156 in 2015. http://bit.ly/2qM8NeZ

EU to conduct border patrols in Libya to prevent migrants reaching Europe

The Independent reported on Monday that EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini has welcome plans that would see European border agents conduct patrols in Libya to stop the flow of migrants. Mogherini also supported an appeal by Germany and Italy for work to be stepped up on the border of Libya and Niger to control the movement of African migrants across the desert. http://ind.pn/2rkOFN1

Photos show conditions of migrants and refugees in Belgrade

The Washington Post carried a photo reportage on Monday depicting the experience of about 1,000 refugees and migrants sleeping in abandoned warehouses, huts and railway stock behind the central station in Belgrade. Almost all of the migrants are boys and young men from conflict-torn parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan. http://wapo.st/2pQ7Lud

South Sudan: Refugee crisis not getting enough attention

On Monday, Inside Source carried a story about the refugee crisis in South Sudan. Recent estimates indicate 1.6 million people are now displaced from South Sudan, or almost 15 percent of the total population. This has placed an enormous burden on the surrounding region already plagued with poverty, disease and other social ills. The U.N. Refugee Agency reports that there are 800,000 South Sudanese refugees currently in Uganda, and that figure is expected to surpass 1 million before the middle of 2017. http://bit.ly/2qmMQlk

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.