Daily World News Digest, 18 October 2018

Indonesia: mass graves on the island of Palu

In an extensive photo report, AFP reveals the impact of the 28 September earthquake and tsunami on the Indonesian city of Palu, including aerial photographs of mass graves, established by the authorities for reasons of public health. http://bit.ly/2PdGFgF

Secret detention in China

The recent disappearances of A-list actress Fan Bingbing and the president of Interpol Meng Hongwei have again focused international attention on China’s use of secret detentions, the BBC reports, citing among others the author of “The People’s Republic of the Disappeared”. https://bbc.in/2Ow6g4x

Journalists at risk of enforced disappearance

The free speech organization, Article 19, has published a statement supporting the resolution on the safety of journalists adopted by the UN Human Rights Council last month. Article 19 notes that “According to UNESCO’s most recent global trends report, 530 murders of journalists were recorded between 2012 and 2016, with the rate of impunity for those killings at a staggering 90 percent.” It highlights “numerous cases of enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, and unlawful surveillance” affecting journalists. https://bit.ly/2AfSrib

UN calls for impartial probe into Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has called on Saudi Arabia and Turkey to “reveal everything” they know about Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance, DNA India reports. The UN is urging a “thorough and impartial” probe into the whereabouts of the journalist, who vanished on 2 October after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. https://bit.ly/2NMLDfb

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.