Daily World News Digest, 21 January 2019

More than 170 Mediterranean migrants feared dead

The BBC reports that about 170 people are feared to have died in two separate Mediterranean shipwrecks, according to UNHCR. The Italian navy reports that a ship sank off the coast of Libya with 117 people on board, while Moroccan and Spanish authorities have tried to locate a vessel that has disappeared in the western Mediterranean. https://bbc.in/2Mn9TWu

Yezidi family rescued from Da’esh

A mother and three children has been rescued and united with their relatives in Duhok after four years in Da’esh captivity, Rudaw Media Network reports. “As the areas controlled by Da’esh are shrinking daily, the number of rescued Yezidi’s is increasing,” the report notes, adding that, according to the Kurdish Regional Government, 3,117 Yezidis are still missing. https://bit.ly/2FJq130

HRW: Uganda has “failed to provide accountability for torture and extrajudicial killings”

A Human Rights Watch report finds that the Ugandan government “has failed to provide accountability for torture and extrajudicial killings”, All Africa reports. HRW says many investigations into military and police abuse of civilians have not moved forward, including an inquiry into the November 2016 killing of more than 100 civilians in Kasese District in Western Uganda. http://bit.ly/2W781FB

HRW: EU support for Libya contributes to “extreme abuse”, including arbitrary detention

Human Rights Watch has cited EU support for Libya’s anti-migrant policies as a contributory factor in a cycle of “extreme abuse”, including arbitrary detention, torture, sexual violence, extortion and forced labor, the Guardian reports. http://bit.ly/2sFTALj

Pakistan arrests officers for extrajudicial killings

Authorities in Pakistan have arrested 16 counter-terrorism officers as part of an investigation into extrajudicial killings, after police shot and killed four persons in the wake of a car chase last week, The Star reports. http://bit.ly/2DpH8FM

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.