Daily World News Digest, 29 May 2019

Yezidi family reunited

The BBC reports on the members of a Yezidi family held in captivity by Da’esh, who have finally been reunited five years after their abduction. Hundreds have been freed since the collapse of the so-called Islamic State (IS). “Few were brutalized more by IS than Yezidis, a religious minority who were captured and enslaved when IS swept through their homeland in Sinjar, northern Iraq. But some, like Nashaat, survived. After four years separated from his mother Fawzia, they’re about to be reunited.” https://bbc.in/2XcpgFL

Kuwait: missing persons from the Gulf War

The mortal remains of some 369 Kuwaitis abducted by Saddam Hussein’s forces during the Gulf War are still missing, Aljazeera reports. Families believe that officials of the former Iraqi regime continue to deny crimes so that they cannot be held accountable. https://bit.ly/2EDNKjN

 Mexico: 481 missing persons in the last 100 days

The Head of the National Search Commission of Missing Persons in Mexico says 481 persons have been reported missing in the last 100 days, of whom 15 were found alive and four were found deceased. The Mexican newspaper, La Jornada reports that the federal government is preparing the first national forensic inspection to make an assessment of forensic institutes (Original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2wqU6P3

Myanmar: war crimes and human rights violations

Amnesty International has released a report saying that since January this year the military in Myanmar has carried out extrajudicial executions, torture, enforced disappearances and arbitrary arrests. https://bit.ly/2HHTpY4

 Indonesia: Police brutality “with impunity”

Rights groups in Indonesia investigating charges of police brutality say police are operating with impunity against demonstrators, Voice of America reports, citing a video in which a man is seen being hit by police officers. Amnesty International says that between January 2010 and February 2018, there were 69 unlawful killings perpetrated by the military or police. https://bit.ly/2HIO96A

Nigeria: 45 recorded missing persons in the last 5 months

The Nation newspaper in Nigeria reports that there have been 45 recorded missing persons in Lagos since January. A police spokesperson said 40 of the missing persons were found alive and reunited with their families while five were found dead. https://bit.ly/2Wwr3sa

Cyprus: missing persons action plan

In-Cyprus reports on efforts to raise awareness about the missing persons issue in Cyprus and to improve coordination on this issue among competent authorities. https://bit.ly/2YRD2xP

Mass grave in Polish village marked

Some 76 years after they were murdered by Nazi troops, a mass grave of an estimated 20 Jews has been marked with a tombstone in a village in eastern Poland, Hamodia a daily newspaper from US reports. Zbiszik Nizinski who has made it a personal project to locate lost graves of Holocaust victims discovered the mass grave two weeks ago. https://bit.ly/2YPYWS0

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.