Daily World News Digest, 23 March 2018

New migration routes to Europe turn deadly

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that 13,043 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through the first 80 days of 2018, with about 47 percent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece (30 percent) Spain (22 percent) and Cyprus (less than 1 percent). Worldwide, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project has recorded 782 migrant fatalities in 2018, compared with 1,200 at this time last year. In the Mediterranean alone, 497 migrants are estimated to have died this year. Most recently, the remains of a migrant were recovered on 18 March from a beach in Rota, Spain. In the past month, three bodies which are not associated with any known incident have been found in this area. These deaths add to the growing list of people who have died trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Spain this year. https://bit.ly/2pzBIAB

Tunisia: Parliament must support Transitional Justice

Human Rights Watch has urged the authorities in Tunisia to let the country’s Truth and Dignity Commission carry out its mandate to investigate human rights violations between 1955 and 2013. The Commission has received more than 62,000 complaints and held confidential hearings for more than 50,000 since it was established in June 9, 2014. https://bit.ly/2pyEVjI

Philippines: extrajudicial killings by police forces

Police in the Philippines say they killed 13 drug suspects in a gun battles in Manila and eight towns north of the capital, and arrested more than 100 suspected dealers and criminals in a 24-hour period. Human rights groups have cited much higher death tolls and called for an independent investigation. https://bit.ly/2pyCWvX

Detained Chinese lawyer “at risk of torture”

Beijing human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng is “at risk of torture” while he remains in incommunicado detention in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu, Amnesty International has warned. Yu was placed under criminal detention on 19 January, on suspicion of “obstructing public servants in the course of their duties,” but has since been transferred from Beijing to Jiangsu’s Xuzhou city on a more serious charge of “incitement to subvert state power.” Yu’s lawyers have been repeatedly denied permission to visit him in detention, with officials saying the case involves matters of national security. https://bit.ly/2DOLPpr

 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.