Daily World News Digest, 25 April 2017

Mexico: draft law proposes 90-year sentences for crime of forced disappearance

Telesur carried a story on Sunday about a new bill to tackle enforced disappearances in Mexico. If the bill is enacted, perpetrators could be given a prison sentence of up to 90 years for the crime of enforced disappearance. The first draft of the bill was drawn up a year and a half ago, and lawmakers and social organizations have pressured authorities to accelerate the proposal and work on tackling impunity. The importance of the debate looms large after a new report recently found that at least 30,000 people have gone missing in Mexico in the past nine years.  http://bit.ly/2pqPqHF

Mexico’s Veracruz in focus after the discovery of secret mass graves

TRT World carried a story on Sunday about the increased attention on the Mexican eastern state of Veracruz after the discovery of secret mass graves. The bodies of more than 250 people have been unearthed from the site so far. Veracruz witnessed more than 1,000 killings in 2016 and twice as many forced disappearances. http://bit.ly/2oZVhST

16 dead as boat carrying migrants from Turkey to Greece sinks

News Herald reported on Monday that a migrant boat sinking in the eastern Aegean between Greece and Turkey left at least 16 people dead, including two children. Greece’s coast guard said the bodies of nine people — six women, two men and a child — had been recovered from Greek waters off the island of Lesbos, while Turkish authorities found the bodies of a further six men and a child in Turkish waters. It is unclear what type of smuggling vessel was used or how it ran into trouble. http://bit.ly/2puT3Mz

Pope Francis compares migrant detention centers to Nazi concentration camps

Deutsche Welle reported this weekend that Pope Francis, recalling a visit to a refugee in a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos in 2016, made a comparison between refugee camps and Nazi concentration camps during a service in central Rome on Saturday. The pope expressed his frustration at the international treaties that have made migrants’ travels into Europe more difficult. “It seems that international accords are more important than human rights,” he said. http://bit.ly/2pXIkKj

Houthis intensify crackdown on dissent in Yemen

The Arab Weekly reported on Sunday that a court in the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital of Sana’a has sentenced journalist and academic Yahya Abdul- Raqeeb al-Jubaihi to death after he was convicted of spying for Saudi Arabia. The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate says at least 13 journalists have been arbitrarily arrested by the Houthis. http://bit.ly/2q6YQo2

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.