Daily World News Digest, 18 January 2019

Tunisia: migration to Europe in 2018 

The Brookings Institution reports that around 1,600 Tunisians drowned trying to reach Europe in 2018, compared to 1,721 in 2017, noting that officials “repeatedly break their promises to meet with families of the missing. Undeterred, families have formed advocacy groups. They camp out in front of government buildings, doggedly pursuing answers.” https://brook.gs/2stHnJA  

Mexico: 1,000 migrants in new caravans enter the country 

Reuters reports that around 1,000 Central American migrants have entered southern Mexico in a test of the new government’s pledge to manage migration. Mexico’s National Migration Institute said that 969 migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua crossed into Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, just days after new US bound caravans of people set off from Central America.  https://reut.rs/2CrBnWm  

Egypt: Extension of detention for speaking about enforced disappearance 

An Egyptian court has extended the detention of a woman accused of spreading “false news” by telling the BBC, in an interview last February, about the enforced disappearance of her daughter, Al Araby reports. Mona Mahmud Mohammad was ordered to remain in jail for 45 days after prosecutors appealed a ruling to release her. She has been in custody since March 2018.  https://bit.ly/2FCP2hp

Houthis “illegally detaining, torturing women”  

Yemen’s Houthi rebels are holding dozens of women without trial and often torturing the detainees and blackmailing their families, activists and a human rights lawyer have told the Associated Presshttps://bit.ly/2DhvNrd  

Families of Palestinians detained in Syria face extortion

The Palestinian Working Group for Syria reports that families of Palestinians detained by the Damascus regime are being subjected to blackmail by mediators and lawyers who claim to know the place and fate of the detainee in the Syrian security branches in exchange for high sums of money. (Article in Arabic) https://bit.ly/2MjN8Ct  

Kenya: missing persons accounted for 

Capital News from Kenya carries a Kenya Red Cross report that 94 cases of people who were reported missing after the DusitD2 hotel attack in Nairobi have been accounted for. The report says that families have been able to identify their loved ones and will now wait for DNA confirmation in order to proceed with burial. https://bit.ly/2TY9hZQ  


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.