Daily World News Digest, 23 June 2017

Guatemala: relatives of the disappeared demand justice

On Thursday, Prensa Latina carried a story on the National Day against Forced Abductions in Guatemala. According to a Report published by the Commission for Historic Clarification in 1999, 45,000 people – mostly indigenous people, union, community and student leaders, and social activists – disappeared during the more than 30 years of conflict that came to an end in 1996. Although the National Day against Forced Abductions was established in 2004, the authorities have refused to create a commission to find victims of enforced disappearance. http://bit.ly/2tVGmZA

Inside Yemeni secret prisons

On Thursday, Associated Press reported on a network of secret prisons in southern Yemen, stating that abuse and torture are routine as hundreds are detained, ostensibly in the hunt for al-Qaida militants. The informal prison network is run by the United Arab Emirates and the Yemeni forces it has created, AP says. http://bayareane.ws/2tB0hh5

The Disappeared: The life and death of Seamus Ruddy

Al Jazeera on Thursday carried a story about the search for Seamus Ruddy, who disappeared in 1985 and whose remains were found in May this year in a French forest. Ruddy was one of 16 people who were separately abducted, murdered and secretly buried by Irish Republican paramilitaries during the 30-year conflict in Northern Ireland. Seamus Ruddy is the 13th victim to be found. The article explores the work of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains (ICLVR), set up in 1999 by the Irish and British governments to recover the bodies of those who disappeared as a result of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. http://bit.ly/2tAB6ei

Why migrants risk all on the “deadliest route”

The New York Times carried a feature story on Thursday examining why migrants risk everything to reach Europe. Despite the fact that more than 2,100 migrants and refugees have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean, with 95 percent of deaths occurring on the central route between Libya and Italy, more people are trying to cross every day. Some sub-Saharan migrants, the article says, are encouraged by money sent home from relatives who reached Europe. Some parents and spouses push their sons to make the trip as village life is isolated that often they are unaware of the dangers of the voyage, the author concludes. http://nyti.ms/2sVCavp

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.