Daily World News Digest, 22 June 2016

Hungary investigates police in case of drowned migrant

Reuters reports today that Hungarian prosecutors have begun an investigation into whether police can be held criminally responsible for abuse over the death of a Syrian migrant who drowned in the Tisza River as he was trying to cross into Hungary from Serbia this month. Farhan al-Hwaish, 22, drowned in a branch of the river on 1 June when a group of migrants tried to cross into Hungary with the help of human traffickers. Police found his body two days later. His brother, who crossed with him, says he drowned after Hungarian police guarding the border on the river bank threw objects at them, sprayed them with gas and unleashed attack dogs to prevent them from climbing out of the water. http://reut.rs/28N7DWF

Increase in migrants reaching Aegean islands fuels concern

Ekathimerini-com reported on 21 June that the influx of would-be migrants into Greece from neighboring Turkey is decisively on the increase following several months during which the flow had been reduced following a European Union deal with Ankara to crack down on people smuggling. Over the long weekend, 270 migrants arrived on Greek islands in the eastern Aegean while arrivals in the first 20 days of June came to 981. The renewed influx is putting increased pressure on reception facilities on the islands, which according to local authorities are already full. http://bit.ly/28M8nHU

Tackling the underlying causes of the refugee crisis

The German Development Institute (die) published a report on 20 June noting among other things that the number of people killed each year in conflicts around the world has quadrupled to around 200,000 since 2010. “The refugee crisis is therefore primarily a crisis of international peace and security policy. Two groups of causes converge here: conflicts for power, recognition and opportunities within societies on the one hand; and an external world that does not do all it can to prevent aggressors from accessing weapons and funding, but often achieves the very opposite, for reasons of disinterest or self-interest,” the report says. http://bit.ly/28NRp1K

Thousands of Eritreans protest UN report

News.com.au reports today that several thousand Eritreans have gathered at the United Nations in Geneva to protest a UN report saying crimes against humanity have been committed in the East African state. The demonstration was staged outside the UN seat, where the UN Human Rights Council was debating the report, which calls for Eritrean leaders to be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. UN human rights investigators said in their report that they had collected evidence of widespread state-sponsored enslavement, imprisonment, enforced disappearances, torture, rape and murder since 1991. http://bit.ly/28Q3XDL

Yazidis unearth mass graves to document Islamic State slaughter

Thomson Reuters Foundation reported on 20 June on the legacy of Islamic State’s occupation of parts of northern Iraq. “As the militants overran the town of Sinjar, home of the ancient Yazidi community, they systematically killed, captured or enslaved thousands of Yazidi men, women and children,” it says. United Nations investigators last week declared that Islamic State is committing genocide against Yazidis in Iraq and Syria. http://tmsnrt.rs/28MMY4z

Egypt: Prosecutor releases 3 illegally held detainees from police custody

Expat Cairo reported on 20 June on a case involving three detainees at a police station in a Cairo suburb. The detainees should have been referred to the prosecution within 24 hours of their detention, but were being held illegally, the report said. When the police station’s head of investigations was unable to provide answers to an investigating prosecutor regarding the detention and “the inhumane conditions of the prisoners inside the cells and the large number of people held inside the cells,” the prosecutor ordered their release. Over the past three years, several cases of prolonged pretrial detention and deteriorated conditions inside cells resulting from crowding and poor facilities have been recorded. In some cases this had led to prisoners dying while in in detention. http://bit.ly/28P0ZiK

Mass graves near Manhattan: Digging up New York’s past

BBC News reported on 21 June that Hart Island in New York holds a unique place in the life of one of the world’s most vibrant cities. It is where the bodies of dead people go when they are unclaimed by others. Since 1869 more than 1 million men, women and children have been buried on the island, usually in mass graves and with little ceremony. In fact, the only witnesses are often jail inmates, who are paid by the city’s Department of Corrections to carry out the somber task. http://bbc.in/28M8X8s

Items in 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.