Daily World News Digest, 3 May 2017

Philippines: President Duterte to “look into” illegal detentions

The Gulf Times reported on Friday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday he will “look into the illegal detention of drug suspects” at a secret cell in a Manila police station that has raised new questions about police conduct in his war on drugs. The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said it discovered the cell at a police station in Manila’s Tondo district, a hotbed of drug-war killings, with 12 people being held without charge, crammed into a tiny, dark, windowless room. The Tondo police chief has been sacked along with about 10 other police officers while the investigation is underway. Thousands of people have been killed since the president launched his campaign against drugs nearly 10 months ago. Duterte said a complaint filed with the International Criminal Court would not stop the campaign. http://bit.ly/2qr11GL

Migration and the shipping industry

Blasting news, an online news magazine, carried a story on Tuesday about the shipping industry’s role in the current migration crisis. According to the European Community Shipowners’ Association, commercial vessels rescued 42,061 people in 2014, which is 25.2 percent of the total number of arrivals across the Central Mediterranean, This number is likely to have almost tripled by 2018.  Thousands of commercial vessels cross the Mediterranean every day and many companies argue that the decision to save innocent lives at sea is a moral obligation that is greater than “professional responsibility”. http://bit.ly/2pEkYqO

Gambia: 160 migrants return from Libyan jails

Anadolu Agency reported on Saturday that 160 Gambians have been repatriated from Libyan jails through the support of the International Organization for Migration. Since the fall of Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh, dozens of migrants who had left the country to go to Europe via Libya have started coming back.  Gambians are among the top 10 nationalities represented in arrivals on Italian shores. According to official figures from the Italian Ministry of Interior, 11,929 Gambians arrived in Italy in 2016, and 2,232 during the month of March 2017. http://bit.ly/2qDhPXy

Hungary completes second border fence

Deutsche Welle carried a story on Friday about the completion of a second Hungarian border fence. Hungarian Interior Ministry State Secretary Karoly Kontrat said the newly completed fence will “defend” Hungary and the European Union from migrants. A law enacted in February enables the automatic detention of all asylum-seekers in Hungary. http://bit.ly/2pEpXrz

Central African Republic: civilians targets of armed groups

Human Rights Watch reported on Tuesday that armed groups fighting for control of Ouaka, a central province in the Central African Republic, have targeted civilians in apparent reprisal killings over the past three months. According to HRW the attacks have left at least 45 people dead and at least 11,000 displaced. Since late 2016, two factions of the predominantly Muslim Seleka armed group have clashed heavily in the volatile province. The UN’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission, has deployed approximately 1,000 of its 12,870 members to Ouaka province over the past three months, but the attacks persist. http://bit.ly/2pqrVgB

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.