Daily World News Digest, 21 September 2018

Amnesty International accuses Venezuela of extrajudicial killings

In a report released by Voice of America on Thursday, Amnesty International said the number of killings in the Venezuela in recent years was “greater than those in many countries at war”. The report informed that there were 8,292 extrajudicial executions carried out between 2015 and 2017, highlighting the violence perpetrated by security officials during anti-crime operations in poor neighborhoods. “State officials, adopting military methods, use force in an abusive and excessive manner, in some cases intentionally killing during security operations,” Amnesty stated. http://bit.ly/2PSMEE8

U.N. chief urges Myanmar government to free Reuters journalists

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Thursday on the Myanmar government to pardon and release two imprisoned Reuters journalists as soon as possible, Reuters reported. The reporters have been investigating the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys by security forces and local Buddhists and were convicted on September 3 under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act. http://bit.ly/2NYGF3q

Greece: Asylum seekers in trapped in overcrowded camps

More than 18,000 asylum seekers remain trapped in overcrowded camps on the Aegean islands in Greece. Human Rights Watch warns that the largest Moria camp on Lesbos now holds more than 9,000 people, which is triple its capacity. Children do not have access to schools, and vulnerable asylum seekers, including pregnant women and people with disabilities, cannot access critical services. http://bit.ly/2QOliAm

Hundreds still missing in ferry sinking in Tanzania, 44 confirmed dead

At least 44 people were confirmed dead after a ferry sank in Lake Victoria in Tanzania, Reuters reported. Rescuers resumed searching at the crack of dawn on Friday for hundreds more still missing, Tanzanian police said. https://reut.rs/2xzbscA

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.