Daily World News Digest, 26 January 2017

Missing migrants from Nepal

The Nepal Times reported yesterday on the high mortality rate among Nepali workers abroad. The Gulf countries and Malaysia have become “a black hole for hundreds of migrant workers who have vanished without trace over the years,” it says. Their families are helpless, and do not know whether their loved ones are dead or alive. The report estimates that the total number of missing migrant workers could well exceed the 1,334 who went missing during Nepal’s ten-year civil war. http://bit.ly/2jQn0Bb

At least 12 dead in Caribean migrant tragedy

The Miami Herald reported yesterday that Turks and Caicos authorities have recovered the bodies of 12 missing Haitian migrants in their waters after a search on Wednesday turned up one more body. The migrants died after a wooden sloop they were traveling on from Haiti capsized on Tuesday morning, sending dozens of migrants overboard. Eleven bodies were discovered Tuesday after authorities conducted a massive search with the help of the US Coast Guard. http://hrld.us/2k3t0c3

Ukraine: Armed Conflict-Related Abuse in Detention

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International issued a statement yesterday noting that both sides in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine have detained and abused people with complete impunity. The organizations reiterated their call for the Ukraine government and the Russia-backed separatists to stop all arbitrary and secret detentions and ill-treatment of detainees and ensure accountability for abuses that have occurred. http://bit.ly/2kvKB9e

People on hunger strike demand info on Lankas missing persons

India Today reports today that the hunger strike by the relatives of people who disappeared during the conflict in Sri Lanka entered its fourth day today with the condition of at least four women reported to be deteriorating. The hunger strike began on Monday in the northern town of Vavuniya to protest against the lack of information on missing persons, despite the government action to set up an Office of Missing Persons. http://bit.ly/2jUduge

New report places Soviet mass graves in Poland

New Europe, a news agency based in Belgium, reported yesterday that claims about the activities of Soviet forces occupying Poland after the end of World War Two have come to light in a declassified report by a CIA spy. According to the claims, the Soviets carried out mass killings of their own citizens in Poland soon after the end of war. The Polish online news site Reporters.pl cited the CIA agent as saying in his report: “A Polish eyewitness told me that in the forest of Witomin [near the Polish port city of Gdynia] over 10,000 Soviets are buried in mass graves.” http://bit.ly/2j7layN

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.