Daily World News Digest, 22 May 2019

Children of Da’esh members held in secret detention facilities

The UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday that children whose fathers fought for Da’esh may be being held in unidentified “settlements” and “secret detention facilities” away from their mothers, UN News reports. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that there are close to 29,000 foreign children under the age of 12 from families of militants, of whom 20,000 children are from Iraq, while more than 9,000 are from roughly 60 other countries. https://bit.ly/2EoFBjd

Syria: arbitrary arrests and forced disappearances

Human Rights Watch reports that Syrian intelligence has been involved in committing arbitrary detentions, forced disappearances and harassing civilians in areas that have been taken over by anti-government groups. The report notes that there are 11 cases of arbitrary detentions and disappearances in the areas of Daraa, Eastern Ghouta and southern Damascus. However, local organizations, such as Syrians for Truth and Justice have recorded at least 500 arrests in these areas since August. https://bit.ly/2JUddsX

Mexico: State of Coahuila encourages families of the missing to give DNA samples

The Office of Disappeared Persons of the State of Coahuila has begun taking DNA samples from families of the missing. The Office says samples from families will be compared with biological samples stored in the national missing persons database. This process is part of the work plan between federal authorities and families of the missing to tackle the issue of missing persons in Mexico, the newspaper 20 minutos reports (Original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2wbv46t

Libya on the verge of civil war, disappearances on the raise

UN Special Representative to Libya Ghassan Salamé has warned about the rise in abductions, disappearances and arbitrary arrests in the past six weeks related to fighting around Tripoli. UN News reports that since an offensive against the capital began in early April, there have been 460 casualties more than 2,400 wounded, and 75,000 forced from their homes. https://bit.ly/2QhSvnV

Montana filling gaps in missing persons programs

The US State of Montana has announced a timeline for implementing legislation to improve communication and collaboration among law enforcement agencies investigating missing persons cases, the Associated Press reports. A new Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force will identify communication shortfalls and offer suggestions to improve collaboration. https://bit.ly/2wlZ8fX

Hawaii ranked high in missing persons cases

KITV4 from Hawaii reports that this state has the eighth highest rate of missing persons per capita in the US, with eight cases for every 100,000 people who live there. There are more than a hundred cases still unresolved, although detectives close about 98 percent of cases, according to Honolulu Police Department (HPD). https://bit.ly/2Htn7A3

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.