Daily World News Digest, 19 September 2018

International Criminal Court opens preliminary probe into Rohingya expulsions

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced that she is launching a preliminary investigation into deportations of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar into Bangladesh, Voice of America reports. Less than two weeks ago judges at the court gave Bensouda authorization to investigate the deportations despite Myanmar not being a member state of the court. http://bit.ly/2QGgEnZ

Civil society organizations in Yemen appeal to the United Nations

Arab News carries a story about civil society organizations in Yemen sending an appeal to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to increase the level of support to the National Commission of Inquiry in Human Rights Violations in this country. http://bit.ly/2PPRpyp

Mexico struggling to store unclaimed remains

Local officials of Tlaquepaque in Mexico have discovered a makeshift morgue during a routine inspection. A refrigerated truck with 150 unclaimed bodies had been stored by state authorities, CNN reports. https://cnn.it/2piKLFu

UN calls for genocide tribunal over Rohingya crisis

A United Nations fact-finding mission has released an extensive 440-page report detailing atrocities carried out by the Myanmar military against Rohingya Muslims, CNN reports. Investigators conducted 875 interviews with victims and eyewitnesses, and examined satellite images and forensic and other documentary evidence in support of its call for the country’s generals to face an international tribunal on charges of genocide. https://cnn.it/2xzXIhO

Three Yezidi women have been rescued

The Office of Rescuing the Yezidi Abductees in Duhok announced that their units have been able to rescue a Yezidi women in Syria. Also, the People’s Protection Unit (YPG) announced that their forces in Syria rescued two Yezidi women after four years of their abduction. It has to be mention, still hundreds of Yezidi women’s fates are unknown after they have been abducted by Da’esh in 2014. https://bit.ly/2xv0ipy

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.