Daily World News Digest 3 September 2019

Mexico: Enforced Disappearances

At least 40,000 people have disappeared in Mexico since 2006, and officials believe that the majority were victims of organized-crime groups, the National Post reports. Nearly 5,000 bodies have been discovered in more than 3,000 graves. Mexican authorities announced on Friday that they were planning to invite a UN commission that investigates disappearances to visit the country, after years of preventing them from doing so. http://bit.ly/2lS8TQM

Sudan: Prosecuting Former President Omar al-Bashir

The appearance of ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir in court for the first time has encouraged the International Criminal Court (ICC), as well as many Sudanese, to bring their own cases against the former leader, reports Middle East Eye. Sudan’s former president was formally charged on Saturday with illicit possession of foreign currency and corruption, after being charged in May with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters during the demonstrations that led to his overthrow in April 2019. According to media outlet sources, the ICC is preparing to submit an official request to urge Sudan’s new transitional government to hand over Bashir to the court for alleged crimes in the Darfur region. http://bit.ly/2lXLX2L

Nigeria: UN warns on Extrajudicial Killings and Impunity

The United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings condemned rising violence across Nigeria and a “lack of accountability” for perpetrators, Aljazeera reports. Nigeria is currently facing multiple conflicts and UN special rapporteur, Agnes Callamard condemned police and military “brutality” across the country, and a “generalised system of impunity”. The United Nations estimates more than 27,000 people have been killed and an estimated two million others displaced in Nigeria’s northeast alone because of Boko Haram. http://bit.ly/2lPPiRd

Syria: Prominent Activists Arbitrarily Arrested in Raqqa

According to Syrians for Truth and Justice, an organizations documenting human rights violations in Syria, the Autonomous region in Raqqa has witnessed a new wave of arbitrary arrests of, at least, 14 civilians including six prominent activists of civil society organizations. Several eyewitnesses confirmed that no arrest warrants were shown to those arrested or to their families, nor were they informed of the reasons and legal basis for their arrest and whereabouts of most remain unknown. http://bit.ly/2lrOFND

Meeting on the search for missing people

More than 50 experts and representatives of victims from around the world will convene on the Dead Sea in Jordan on 3 and 4 September to discuss how to improve the search for missing people, including victims of enforced disappearance, Relief Web reports. The meeting is jointly organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Bern-based organization Swisspeace. http://bit.ly/2krf5ih

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.