Daily World News Digest 18 October 2019

Syria: new mass grave found in Raqqa

A team of first responders has discovered 18 bodies in a mass grave in Naim Square in Raqqa, Global News from Canada reports. This is the 18th mass grave found in the city. When human remains are found, they are matched against a missing persons list and when possible returned to families. In the case of no positive identification, they are stored for potential DNA testing when the local team acquires the right equipment and training. https://bit.ly/2puh6g0

India: authorities working on facial recognition to find missing children

India is working on “an ambitious plan to construct the world’s largest facial recognition system”, which could help to locate thousands of missing children, CNN reports. With more than 300,000 missing children in India, the project “envisions a future in which police from across the country’s 29 states and seven union territories would have access to a single, centralized database”. https://cnn.it/2oRdGE0

Mexico: new register for missing persons

The head of Mexico’s National Search Commission, Karla Quintana, told the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva this week that a new register of missing persons will “add a differentiated approach” to the search for the missing, according to Proceso Mexico. Commissioner Quintana said forensic medical institutes in Mexico will also be strengthened (Original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2BiVCFB

Libya: migrants exposed “to even worse conditions”

Médecins Sans Frontières has warned that the closure of the Karareem detention center in Misrata, Libya, and the transfer of more than a hundred refugees and migrants to two other detention centers in the same region will not resolve the plight of detainees. “Men, women and children arbitrarily detained for months and, in many cases, years, with little access to food, water and open air, will be exposed to the same inhumane conditions,” it says. http://bit.ly/2N44hkL

UN: Libyan authorities must establish fate of kidnapped lawmaker

The UN Support Mission in Libya on Thursday called on authorities to establish the fate of Siham Sergewa, a parliamentarian who was kidnapped in July in Benghazi, Xinhua reports. Sergewa’s husband was shot during the assault. The UN says it is in close contact with the victims’ families. http://bit.ly/31rQo4R

Cambodia: disappearance of arrested school director

Amnesty International has called on the Cambodian authorities to reveal the whereabouts of Turkish-Mexican dual national, Osman Karaca, the former director of the Zaman International School in Phnom Penh, who was arrested by Cambodian police on 14 October. “Since Karaca’s arrest, his family members have not been provided any information as to his fate,” Amnesty says. http://bit.ly/2pvAM37

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.