Daily World News Digest, 2 June 2015

Over 6,400 killed in Ukraine, severe rights violations

The tenth report by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine said that while there are allegations against armed groups of torture, kidnapping and executions, on the government side there are allegations of arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, and executions, the Press Trust of India reports today. Over 6,400 people have been killed so far in Ukraine and despite a reduction in fighting there are alarming reports of severe violations of human rights, which, if confirmed would constitute war crimes, the UN today said. http://bit.ly/1FRRqYP

Kenya: Kenya official warns police about human rights violations

On 1 June the Allafrica news portal reported that Ahmed Abdullahi, the Governor of Wajir County in the northeast of Kenya, has instructed security agents to respect the rule of law amid the war against terrorism. He warned against police brutality after images of an alleged incident in Garissa, south of Wajir, surfaced online over the weekend. Abdullahi said reports of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances are “very disturbing and unfortunate”. http://bit.ly/1AHQ4RB

Two bodies found in clandestine grave in southern Mexico

La Prensa reported on 1 June that two bodies have been found in a clandestine grave in Chilapa, in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, but they are not those of any of the people who disappeared in the city last month, Guerrero Attorney General Miguel Angel Godinez said Monday. The Guerrero Attorney General’s Office is investigating the disappearance of 16 people in Chilapa between 9 and 14 May. http://bit.ly/1AHPJOS

Mass grave of 80 Yezidis found in northern Iraqi province

Anadolu Agency reported on 1 June that the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights announced on Monday the discovery of a mass grave of 80 Yezidis in a village west of Nineveh province in northern Iraq. “(The mass grave) contained the remains of 80 Yezidi citizens of different ages,” the ministry said in a statement. Islamic State took control of Nineveh province and other areas in the north and west of the country when it led a sweeping attack last summer. http://bit.ly/1M6rM4D

Missing persons website to be set up in memory of UK boxer

On 1 June the Bath Chronicle carried a story saying that the family of Bristol boxer Michael Graydon hope to set up a worldwide missing persons site to help those with loved ones missing abroad. Michael’s family spent two weeks in Monaco searching for him after he disappeared after a night out this year. His body was found at the bottom of a ravine. The family gained more than 14,000 supporters online during their search and have now decided to use their online platform as a base to share other searches. http://bit.ly/1eLi1xO

Items in 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.