Daily World News Digest, 21 June 2018

Joint Process to account for missing Mediterranean migrants

The Ansa news agency has published a detailed report on the issue of Mediterranean migration and the Joint Initiative by Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta, launched in Rome on 11 June, to coordinate the effort to account for missing migrants. The article highlights ICMP’s role in developing and supporting the Joint Initiative. (Article in Italian) https://bit.ly/2JWW0Qy

Migrant fatalities since the early 1990s

The Guardian reports on one NGO’s effort to document deaths of migrants travelling to Europe since the early 1990s. “We have no way of knowing the actual number of deaths, but this does show there has been a gradual and very steady increase,” says Thomas Spijkerboer, professor of Migration Law at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He notes that migrant deaths have been occurring for 25 years “and the people who pretend to be shocked now should have been shocked a long time ago.” https://bit.ly/2I4SSwu

Iraq: Yezidi families wait for news of missing loved ones

The families of victims buried in 69 mass graves in Sinjar in northern Iraq have been waiting for the remains of their loved ones for four years, Rudaw reports. An estimated 2,500 to 5,000 Yezidis were killed by Da’esh when the group took control of Sinjar in 2014. Of the 6,417 Yezidis who were documented as Da’esh prisoners, just 3,255 have been freed. https://bit.ly/2lp7u0y

Iraq: Da’esh rape victims need culture-sensitive therapy

Al Jazeera reports on the work of Jan Kizilhan, dean of the Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychotraumatology at the University of Dohuk in northern Iraq, who trains psychotherapists, and notes that there are just 26 psychotherapists in a population of 5.5 million in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, while demand for war-related therapy is enormous. https://bit.ly/2tday4u

Missing persons from Iran-Iraq war

The Iraqi Ministry of Defense has received human remains from Iran of 128 individuals who went missing missing during the 1980-1988 Iraq-Iran War, Alsumaria news reports. The ministry confirmed that DNA tests to identify the remains were conducted by the legal medical offices and all 128 bodies have been identified. (article in Arabic) https://bit.ly/2K7WClP

Sri Lanka calls for more information about missing persons

The Business Standard reports that the authorities in Sri Lanka have appealed for more information after the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) listed around 280 names of victims of enforced disappearance during Sri Lanka’s civil war, including at least 29 children. The victims “are alleged to have disappeared while in the custody of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces in May 2009”. https://bit.ly/2K58iCG

Mexican official jailed, accused of forced disappearance

Mexico News Daily reports that a judge in Veracruz has ruled that the state’s former attorney general must remain in preventative custody while he awaits trial on charges related to the enforced disappearance of 13 people. https://bit.ly/2KaUhGP

US: amputated limbs of civil war soldiers found in mass grave

The New York Post reports that researchers have discovered the remains of two Civil War soldiers buried among a batch of severed limbs on a northern Virginia battlefield. Researchers believe the bodies were those of Union soldiers who died in the Second Battle of Bull Run, also known as the Second Battle of Manassas fought in August 1862. https://nyp.st/2K4RX4b

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.