Daily World News Digest, 19 February 2019

Accounting for the missing is an investment in peace

The Mediterranean remains the scene of daily tragedies, even if a reduction in the number of migrants reaching Europe has resulted in less media coverage, ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger wrote in The Times of Malta today. She noted that, “while fewer refugees have tried to make the journey, fatalities and disappearances have continued,” and she highlighted “an urgent need to mobilize existing capacities among European countries such as Cyprus, Greece, Malta and Italy”. She expressed confidence that “through cooperation and coordination, European countries can tackle this problem quickly and effectively.” https://bit.ly/2Sbeqwg

Brazil: HRW calls for independent investigation of extrajudicial killings

Human Rights Watch has urged the authorities in Brazil to investigate allegations that one or more police snipers killed at least two people in a poor neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro in late January, 2019. Police killed 1,530 people in 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, according to the Public Security Institute. http://bit.ly/2DTUj0E

The FBI is closing war crimes unit

The FBI is dismantling a special unit that investigates international war crimes and hunts down war criminals—including suspected torturers and perpetrators of genocide, Foreign Policy reports. In addition to finding international war criminals living in the United States, the FBI’s human rights unit has also investigated and apprehended perpetrators of war crimes against Americans abroad, along with Americans who commit war crimes themselves. http://bit.ly/2TSqhkp

Ukraine: victims still waiting for justice

Amnesty International has criticized Ukraine for what it says is a failure to bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of demonstrators in the EuroMaydan protests five years ago. It notes that by the end of 2018, 441 suspects had been identified and 288 individuals had been sent to court. “Of those, 52 cases resulted in court decisions including 48 convictions, but only nine custodial sentences were handed down. Not one of the individuals imprisoned was a former police officer.” http://bit.ly/2V5Ku6Q

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.