Daily World News Digest 19 December 2019

Egypt: Italian student’s disappearance

The BBC reports that Italian prosecutors have told the first session of a parliamentary inquiry that Egyptian officials sought to mislead the investigation into the death of Giulio Regeni, an Italian citizen. Regeni was doing research for his doctorate in Cairo when he went missing in January 2016. His body was found nine days later. Prosecutors said Egypt’s claims about Regeni’s death had either been contradicted by a post-mortem examination in Italy, or debunked. https://bbc.in/2Q1XqJR

From Libya to Europe

Voice of America reports on the experience of migrants and refugees trying to reach Europe from Libya. UNHCR cites beatings, rape, torture and kidnappings as common occurrences. In 2019, more than 1,200 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean, according to the International Organization for Migration. http://bit.ly/2PB8RZT

Philippines: convictions over massacre in 2009

A court in the Philippines has convicted more than 40 people including police officers and militiamen, led by a powerful political dynasty for the murder of a rival gubernatorial candidate’s family and entourage in 2009 in Maguindanao province, the Washington Post reports. The victims were ambushed, shot and buried in a mass grave. Fifty-eight people, including 32 media workers, were killed. The accused faced 57 murder counts because one victim’s body was never found. https://wapo.st/2Z1a6VB

DR Congo: 2018 Yumbi massacres

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have not brought to justice those responsible for the massacres of ethnic Banunu in Yumbi territory one year ago, Human Rights Watch reports. In December 2018 in the western part of the country more than 500 civilians were killed in a period of less than 48 hours. http://bit.ly/2M8aigA

Map of war crimes in the Balkans

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) has published an updated and improved version of its War Crimes Verdicts Map, an interactive tool that offers an overview of hundreds of court rulings on crimes committed during the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, Balkan Insight reports. The map includes war crimes verdicts from 42 domestic courts in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia. http://bit.ly/2Z84oRU

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.