Daily World News Digest 26 July 2019

Scores of migrants feared drowned after latest Libya shipwreck

At least 115 people are missing, feared drowned, after a boat carrying migrants sank off the coast of Libya, reports BBC. The boat was carrying 250 migrants from a number of African and Arab countries sank 8km from the coast. The UN’s refugee agency said this is the deadliest shipwreck in the Mediterranean so far this year. It is estimated that 164 people died on the route between Libya and Europe in the first four months of 2019. https://bbc.in/32Q4OO9

DR Congo: 700 extrajudicial killings in this year

According to a UN report, nearly 700 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were victims of summary and extrajudicial executions this year, most of which were carried out by security forces, Voice of America reports. Between January and June, after the presidential election in December, security and law enforcement officials were responsible for at least 245 extrajudicial killings and armed groups carried out at least 418 summary executions, according to a U.N. half-year report from its joint office for Human Rights (UNJHRO).  https://bit.ly/2Ykkwxk

Impunity in Kenya

A report submitted by Human Rights Watch to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council last week highlights key rights concerns in Kenya. According to rights group, since 2015, Kenyan police and military have been responsible for the enforced disappearances and killings of people suspected of links to Al-Shabab militant group, and authorities have not investigated or prosecuted anyone involved. The report also points out that during the 2017 election protests, police and pro-government militia were responsible for more than 100 deaths of opposition supporters in Nairobi and western Kenya. https://bit.ly/2SF7hpS

Ireland: Tuam babies could be identified using genetic genealogy

Irish Mirror reports that the identity of hundreds of babies buried in mass grave in Tuam, Ireland, could be revealed with a new genetic testing DNA technique. Leading genealogist Maurice Gleeson believes identifying one third of the tragic infants would be a great success and he may be involved in testing the DNA of the remains extracted. Genetic genealogy has previously helped adoptees and people with unknown parentage to reconnect with their birth family and it is believed this novelty will be extended to other unknown persons such as soldiers’ remains and mass grave situations. https://bit.ly/2OlHjcv

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.