Daily World News Digest, 25 April 2018

Missing Mexican students killed by gang

Three Mexican film students who went missing in March in Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, were kidnapped, tortured and killed, and their bodies were dissolved in acid, authorities said on Monday. The students — Javier Salomón Aceves Gastélum, Daniel Díaz and Marco Ávalo — were last seen on 19 March; state prosecutors said criminals had confused them with members of a rival gang. https://nbcnews.to/2HoF9kq

Nigeria: family sues police over extrajudicial killing

The father of a 30-year old Maritime Academy graduate who was allegedly killed in a village in Plateau State in Central Nigeria by officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad on 18 January, has sued the Inspector General of Police. The case, filed on Tuesday, is for the enforcement of the right to life and the dignity of the human person, in line with Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution. https://bit.ly/2FefLMo

Belgium: 600 unaccompanied minor migrants have disappeared in one year

More than 600 migrant children are reported to have disappeared in Belgium in 2017, according to the Belgian news agency, Belga, which says the figure for missing child migrants has risen steeply compared to 2015 and 2016. https://bit.ly/2HNEH2B

US human rights report on Afghanistan

In its latest human rights report, the US State Department has warned of an increase in attacks on civilians in Afghanistan. The report cites extrajudicial killings by government forces, torture, arbitrary detention and sexual abuse of children and adolescents. https://bit.ly/2KaZYBT

Syria: mass graves in Raqqa

Around 60 bodies have been retrieved since a mass grave was found around a week ago at a football pitch in Raqqa in northern Syria, according to the local council’s first responder team. “Every time they pull out a body, we check if it’s him. We know his clothes, the documents he would have had in his pajama pockets,” says Ali Hassan, 52, who has been trekking to the pitch for days, searching for the body of his brother. https://dailym.ai/2HZG8Zt

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.