Daily World News Digest, 19 December 2018

Indonesia: hundreds of girls have disappeared 

The Associated Press reports that the National Agency for Placement and Protection of Indonesian Workers has counted more than 2,600 cases of dead or missing Indonesian migrants since 2014, and the number is still rising. An AP investigation documented at least 61,135 migrants dead or missing worldwide over the same period, a tally that continues to rise. https://bit.ly/2BvMHA4

Sri Lanka: families of disappeared demand action on Mannar mass grave

Families of the missing have demonstrated outside the government office in the northern town of Mannar, Sri Lanka, demanding action to identify victims found in a mass grave in the town, the Tamil Guardian reports. A total of 276 sets of human remains have been found in the grave so far, including at least 21 children. https://bit.ly/2SNX49s

Bangladesh’s opposition will stop enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings

Opposition leaders in Bangladesh have vowed to end enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings if they win power in the 30 December general election, BenarNews reports. More than 80 people are reported to have been victims of enforced disappearance in Bangladesh in 2017. https://bit.ly/2Co92Bv

UN urges Philippines to end rights violations

UN Special Rapporteur Michel Forst has urged the Philippines government to end violence against human rights defenders, according to the Rappler news portal. Karapatan, a human rights group, has recorded 84 killings of human rights defenders since July 2016. https://bit.ly/2PNQ2Qi

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.