Daily World News Digest, 16 May 2019

Amnesty calls for justice in El Salvador

Amnesty International has called on lawmakers in El Salvador to reject an initiative that would grant amnesty for crimes committed during the country’s civil war. It says guaranteeing impunity for human rights violations, “far from ensuring the victims’ rights to truth, justice and reparation . . . would be mocking their pain and trampling on their rights”. More than 75,000 people were tortured, extrajudicially executed and forcibly disappeared during the armed conflict between 1980 and 1992 in El Salvador. https://bit.ly/30oWVxW

Libya: six mass graves discovered

The ANSA news agency cites a report by the Association of doctors of foreign origin in Italy, which says that since the start of clashes in Libya last month, there have been 600 fatalities, including 140 children, 150 women and 25 health professionals. Six mass graves have been discovered and clashes have resulted in 3,500 wounded, including 450 seriously. http://bit.ly/2Hml5kY

Migrant fatalities in Turkey on the way to Europe

Anadolu Agency reports that at least 50 irregular migrants died on their way to Europe through Turkey in 2019. It says most of the deaths took place in the Turkish-Iranian border, where 32 migrants froze to death while trying to cross to Van province in eastern Turkey from Iran. Another two migrants froze to death in the western Edirne province. In four separate incidents at the Aegean Sea, a total of 16 irregular migrants drowned while trying to cross to Greek islands. Turkey has been the main route for refugees trying to cross into Europe, especially since the beginning of the civil war in Syria. https://bit.ly/2Hl7XN2

New Jersey State Police hosts missing persons event

The US state of New Jersey has approximately 1,000 unsolved missing persons cases, the digital news provider NJ.com reports. The New Jersey State Police plan to hold a missing persons event to encourage people to report the missing and provide DNA with a view to identifying the missing. The event will also enable families of the missing to share their stories. http://bit.ly/2VI0MY2

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.