Daily World News Digest 28 August 2019

Migrant boat sinks off Libya

At least 40 Europe-bound migrants were missing and feared drowned on Tuesday after the boat they were traveling in capsized off Libya, CBS News reports. The coastguard rescued at least 65 migrants while at least five bodies, including a child, were recovered near the western town of Khoms, around 75 miles east of Tripoli. https://cbsn.ws/2NCkv6v

Colombia: Meeting for Truth

El Espectador newspaper in Colombia reports on the “Meeting for the Truth” being held this week in Pasto, in southern Colombia, by the Truth Commission and the Search Unit of Persons Listed as Disappeared. The theme of the three-day meeting is “Recognition of the persistence of family members and women searching for missing persons” (original article in Spanish) https://bit.ly/2UcW1Sh

El Salvador: Prosecutor reports on extrajudicial killings

Reuters carries a story on a report issued on Tuesday by El Salvador’s human rights Prosecutor, who says at least 116 people were killed in the country by police in recent years. Salvadoran authorities blame gangs for the violence. https://bit.ly/2L11Q2t

Iran “hiding fate of thousands of political dissidents”

Amnesty International has raised the issue of political dissidents who were victims of enforced disappearance and extrajudicial killings in Iran in 1988. “For more than 30 years, the Iranian authorities have failed to officially acknowledge the existence of mass graves and concealed their locations causing immeasurable suffering to families who are still seeking answers about their missing loved ones.” http://bit.ly/344UemR

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.