Daily World News Digest, 19 June 2018

Enforced disappearances in Syria

The Spanish newspaper El Pais has published a detailed account of efforts to document human rights violations in Syria, including enforced disappearances. Amnesty International estimates that 17,723 people have died in detention centers in Syria, and that since 2011, “the Syrian government has embarked upon a campaign of arrests and forced disappearances.” https://bit.ly/2tkbzH1

Bodies found in Mali mass grave

Twenty-five bodies have been found in central Mali after the army carried out a sweep in the region, the non-government organization Kisal said on Monday. The report comes amid concern about abuse by security forces in their fight against extremists. According to Gulf News the bodies were discovered after 25 people were picked up last week by the army in localities in central Mali. A source at the Defense Ministry told AFP that an inquiry had been opened but denied “these accusations of summary executions”. https://bit.ly/2K2wMMA

43 migrants missing in the Mediterranean after vessel sank

According to the Sol Times, the Spanish coastguard has rescued four people in the Mediterranean, but 43 others who were aboard their sunken vessel are still missing. Another 57 migrants, including 14 women, arrived in Almeria, Spain on Sunday after the coastguard rescued them. https://bit.ly/2JZcszd

Libya’s coastguard recovers five bodies from migrant boat

Libyan coastguards said on Monday they had recovered the bodies of five migrants and picked up 191 survivors off the coast west of the Tripoli, Reuters reports. The five deceased migrants were brought back to Tripoli along with 115 survivors from various sub-Saharan African and Arab countries, coastguard officials said. https://reut.rs/2K1L9RH

Guatemala: Fuego volcano mass grave

After stopping search activities in the Fuego volcano eruption zone in Guatemala, the authorities plan to declare the area a mass grave zone, Earth Chronical reports. According to the latest data, as a result of the eruption on 3 June, 110 people were killed, and 197 are missing. https://bit.ly/2M23vlT

Iraq: thousands of bodies of Da’esh fighters unidentified

The bodies of around 1,300 deceased Da’esh fighters have been removed from the ruins of the Iraqi city of Mosul. A report in the Dutch newspaper Trouw notes that the authorities have an obligation to cooperate in the identification of human remains, regardless of the likely affiliation of the deceased, but there are strong indications that this is not happening. ICMP and other organizations are working with the authorities to facilitate identifications. (Article in Dutch) https://bit.ly/2MA5Zce

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.