Daily World News Digest, 22 May 2018

New mass graves found in Rwanda

New mass graves from the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 are still being discovered, although the country now faces the phenomenon of genocide denial. In many graves, according to the head of a genocide survivors’ group, “victims were killed and buried, and militias covered them with trash and soil after burning them with acid.” https://bit.ly/2IE7nMI

India: half of those missing in Mumbai are aged 16 to 25

A total of 32,598 people were reported missing from Mumbai in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and 27,565 were subsequently found, according to police. Nearly half of those reported missing in Mumbai every year are aged 16 to 25, which is classified as a “sensitive” age group. https://bit.ly/2IELxEX

Bangladesh launches “Philippine-style” war on drugs

Twenty-six suspected drug dealers have been killed in raids carried out in different parts of Bangladesh, according to security forces. At least nine suspected traffickers were killed on Monday alone in the government’s crackdown on the “drug menace”. Thousands of alleged dealers have also been arrested in an aggressive campaign that some analysts have compared to President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial war on drugs in the Philippines. https://bit.ly/2LmGJFY

Struggle over enforced disappearances in Chechnya

Authorities in the Russian region of Chechnya are threatening the family of a prominent rights advocate of the local branch of the rights group Memorial, Oyub Titiyev, who was detained earlier this week for drug possession, according to activists. Memorial has been a source for reports of enforced disappearances, torture and collective punishment perpetrated in Chechnya under Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. https://bit.ly/2GEdPO4

French pilots set out to rescue Mediterranean migrants

Two French pilots have invested all their savings to buy a light plane that will help them locate small refugee boats in the Mediterranean and assist in the process of rescue. Founder and pilot José Benavente explains that, “if these sinking boats are not rescued promptly they’re bound to go down”. https://bit.ly/2GEn1BO

 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.