Daily World News Digest 21 November 2019

Mexico: missing activist found dead

Human rights activist Arnulfo Cerón Soriano has been found dead in the state of Guerrero in southwest Mexico, the New York Times reports. Cerón disappeared on 11 October. The mountains of Guerrero are home to poppy fields cultivated for opium, and the state has seen some of the worst violence of Mexico’s drug wars. https://nyti.ms/2XwuQDV

Major migrant rescue off Libya

Ninety-four refugees and migrants, including four pregnant women, have been rescued off the coast of Libya by a vessel operated jointly by SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders, Aljazeera reports. More than 1,000 people have been feared drowned in the Mediterranean this year, according to the International Organization of Migration (IOM). http://bit.ly/37r8NmH

Croatia: commemoration for Vukovar victims

A commemoration was held on Wednesday for victims exhumed from a mass grave at the Ovcara farm on the outskirts of Vukovar, Croatia, where 200 wounded soldiers and civilians were killed and buried on 20 November 1991, HINA reports. http://bit.ly/2OwaPsP

Pakistan: missing activist in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

A Pakistani activist who was working on cases of human rights violations has been missing for more than a week, Radio Free Europe reports. Idris Khattak disappeared while traveling to the Swabi district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in northern Pakistan. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) says the case is “possibly enforced disappearance.” http://bit.ly/2XILAbf

Turkey: “100,000 Syrians have left Istanbul”

Reuters reports a statement by Turkey’s Interior Minister, Suleyman Soylu, that around 100,000 Syrians living without approval in Istanbul have left the city since early July, when the government set a deadline for Syrians not registered in the city to leave for other provinces. Turkey hosts some 3.6 million refugees. https://reut.rs/2pH74bQ

Mid-20th century cemetery discovered in Florida

About 145 coffins buried 3-5 feet deep believed to be part of a mid-20th century cemetery for the indigent have been found with ground penetrating radar under a Tampa, Florida, high school, CNN reports. Officials began investigating last month after a person told a school board member of the possible location of the cemetery. https://cnn.it/333xtOx

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.