Daily World News Digest, 21 May 2019

Egypt: Extrajudicial killings of suspected fighters

The Egyptian Interior Ministry says security forces have killed 12 suspected militants in Cairo, a day after the bombing of a tour bus, Aljazeera reports. Activists have accused Egypt of violating human rights and carrying out extrajudicial executions on the pretext of anti-terrorism activities. https://bit.ly/2VU9SBa

Uruguay: thousands march for the missing

Thousands of people marched in the Uruguay capital, Montevideo, on Monday calling for truth and justice for those who went missing during the 1973-85 military dictatorship, Radio Francia International Español reports. The march has taken placed every year since 1996. Debate over missing persons in Uruguay was heightened this year after a detained former member of the military confessed that he had thrown a body into the river before the coup d’état in 1973 (Original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2Qf5neD

Taiwan: nearly 500 migrant workers missing

Asia Times reports that a county in northeastern Taiwan has published statistics recording 476 cases of missing migrants in 2018, mostly workers are mainly from Indonesia and Vietnam. A spokesperson from the local authority highlighted the possibility of migrants being subject to people trafficking and other human rights abuses. https://bit.ly/2JQHjgH

Thailand: activists forcefully repatriated and missing

Thai dissidents in Laos have been on an alert since four Thai activists were forcibly repatriated on 8 May and have subsequently gone missing, VOA News reports. Three activists living in Laos were turned over to Thai authorities after being arrested in Vietnam and the forced repatriation of another activist from Malaysia followed two days later. https://bit.ly/30ubErv

Iraq: 12 Yezidi mass graves unearthed

A UN team investigating the massacre of Iraq’s Yezidi minority and other atrocities has excavated 12 mass graves and is collecting witness accounts that could be used in Iraqi and other national courts, according to a UN, AFP reports. The team began work in October, with the first mass grave containing Da’esh victims unearthed in March and April in the village of Kojo in Sinjar in northwest Iraq. http://bit.ly/2VSK4FI

Missing Persons Unit created in Virginia

A county police department in the US state of Virginia has established a new Missing Persons Unit to consolidate all missing persons investigation, the Patch news portal from Virginia reports. The move follows a comprehensive internal review that drew from models recommended by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). https://bit.ly/2Jwi2cy

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.