Daily World News Digest, 18 April 2018

Mediterranean, refugees switch to Italy route

The EU-Turkey refugee agreement has reduced the number of refugees arriving via the Mediterranean in Greece, from nearly a million in 2015 to fewer than 30,000 in 2017, according to the International Organization for Migration. It says the death toll in the Aegean has also dropped, from 805 in 2015 to 434 in 2016 and 61 in 2017 to 19 in 2018 so far. Following the EU-Turkey agreement, refugees from sub-Saharan Africa largely shifted to the Italy route, which is now considered the deadliest in the Mediterranean. https://bit.ly/2HatyVU

Extrajudicial killings and deportation of refugees in Yemen

Yemeni government officials have tortured, raped, and executed migrants and asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa in a detention center in the southern port city of Aden, according to Human Rights Watch. It says guards at the migrant detention center have also sent hundreds out to sea in overloaded boats without allowing them to seek protection or otherwise challenge their deportation. https://bit.ly/2Hc1eGP

Thailand: missing activists

Thailand’s Justice Ministry has dismissed claims that it has made no progress in the probe into the disappearance of Karen activist Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen over the past four years. The Ministry says it still needs more information to decide whether to refer the case to the Department of Special Investigations. On 17 April 2014, Mr Porlajee was arrested for possessing wild honey and his whereabouts are still unknown. https://bit.ly/2H8mOfn

Salvador police say missing journalist found slain

Authorities in El Salvador say a journalist Karla Lisseth Turcios has been kidnapped and killed. The 33-year-old journalist’s body was found on a highway northeast of the Salvadoran capital, San Salvador. https://bit.ly/2H92art

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.