Daily World News Digest, 29 May 2018

IOM: global migration death toll reaches 1,134

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says it has recovered the remains of a Nigerian woman migrant, aged 21, on the Durance River along the dangerous route from Italy to France that crosses the Alps. The IOM said the body of the Nigerian woman was the second recovered in the area in May. Worldwide, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project has recorded 1,134 people who died or went missing while migrating in 2018. https://bit.ly/2kylswU

Human traffickers fire on refugees in Libya

Fifteen refugees were killed and 25 were injured when human traffickers opened fire on 100 refugees who were trying to escape from a detention camp in the north of the country. BBC Arabic reported on 27 May that the injured refugees receive treatment in Bani Walid Town and seven of them are in critical condition. Many are a still being held by the traffickers (article in Arabic).  https://bbc.in/2JaxSZB

UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances

The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances held meetings on 28 May with Member States, the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, and a number of NGOs to highlight the need to ensure universal ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. Among other things, NGOs noted that more than 350,000 persons have disappeared in Iraq in the last 12 years. https://bit.ly/2GXKgHv

Extrajudicial killings in Mali

At least 20 people have been killed in a militia attack on an ethnic Tuareg organization in Mali, which has witnessed a surge of violence between armed groups. There have been at least 94 extrajudicial killings in Mali’s northern region, Menaka, since the beginning of the year, the UN said last month. https://bit.ly/2xlSV6N

Iraq: bodies recovered in Mosul 

The authorities in Mosul, Iraq, announced on 27 May that they have recovered 45 bodies in the Old City. The bodies are believed to be Da’esh fighters, as well as civilians who were forced by Da’esh to remain in the city during the operation by Iraqi forces to retake Mosul in 2017 (article in Arabic). https://bit.ly/2IWHtzY

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.