Daily World News Digest, 2 October 2018

Indonesian earthquake, tsunami death toll rises

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has authorized the acceptance of foreign aid for humanitarian efforts in the province of Central Sulawesi, which was hit by an earthquake and tsunami, Voice of America reports. The EU has pledged an initial $1.7 million in emergency humanitarian assistance. EU Ambassador Vincent Guérend said the Union is consulting its 28 member states to see what additional support can be provided, and suggested that forensic experts might be deployed to identify victims. http://bit.ly/2DOJjEY

UNHCR chief issues warning on migrant rescue in the Mediterranean

The head of the UN refugee agency, Filippo Grandi, says rescues in the Mediterranean have been “taken hostage by politics”, The Daily Star reports. Grandi notes that since Libya has strengthened its coastguard in recent months, more migrants and refugees have been forcibly returned to Libya, where they are exposed to exploitation and detention in horrific conditions. http://bit.ly/2zLrumg

Bangladesh: extrajudicial killings in drug war

Human rights organizations say the authorities in Bangladesh are using anti-narcotics campaigns as pretext to intimidate — and in some cases, eliminate — opposition figures, according to Vice. National elections scheduled for December may only make situation worse, activists warn. A crackdown that began in early May has resulted in almost 50,000 arrests and more than 200 fatalities. http://bit.ly/2QoTktL

Lack of cooperation leaves Balkan war crimes suspects at large

Balkan Insight has published an analysis of war crimes cases in the former Yugoslavia, highlighting the fact that prosecutors in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia signed cooperation agreements five years ago, but few cases have been exchanged due to a lack of political will, leaving dozens of suspects at liberty. http://bit.ly/2RctTgt

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.