Daily World News Digest 23 August 2019

India: families of Punjab’s disappeared seek justice

The Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project (PDAP), which says it has documented more than 8,000 cases of enforced disappearance, is seeking justice for victims of “counter-insurgency” efforts in Punjab, Aljazeera reports. Activists say that between 1983 and 1995, police cremated 25,000 sets of human remains labelled as “unidentified” and “unclaimed”. http://bit.ly/2KWWL9W

China: British consulate worker held incommunicado

Simon Cheng, a worker at the British consulate in Hong Kong, was detained in mainland China as he was on his way back to Hong Kong two weeks ago, and is being held incommunicado, The Guardian reports. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in a statement, said: “We continue to urgently seek further information about Simon’s case. Neither we nor Simon’s family have been able to speak to him since his detention.” http://bit.ly/33P7EUd

Scotland: exhibition to commemorate Srebrenica genocide

An exhibition to mark Srebrenica genocide has been unveiled at the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art in Glasgow, the Evening Times reports. The artist behind the Remembering Srebrenica is Robert McNeil who worked as a forensic technician in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1996 gathering the evidence of genocide for the prosecution of war criminals. The exhibition is the first part of a wider programme of events taking place across Glasgow and beyond in 2020 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. http://bit.ly/2Z92X8M

Colombia: 600 bodies exhumed and 80 identified since the peace signing

Legal Medicine in collaboration with the Prosecutor’s Office, the Search Unit for Persons Listed as Missing and the International Red Cross, has exhumed some 600 bodies in places that were previously off-limits due to the conflict, Radio Caracol reports. With information provided by different agencies and the FARC, 65 sets of human remains have been returned to family members. (Original article in Spanish). http://bit.ly/2KP2tff

Greece: more than 100 migrants and refugees rescued

The Greek coastguard and Frontex located and rescued a total of 107 foreign nationals in two separate incidents on Thursday morning in the Aegean, the National Herald reports. A Frontex vessel assisted by a Greek coastguard boat rescued and transferred the migrants and refugees to the port of Kos. http://bit.ly/2Mx56Vl

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.