Daily World News Digest, 31 January 2019

ICMP helps Albania search for victims of Communist regime

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) will help Albania excavate mass graves of people who went missing under the Communist regime, Courthouse News Service from the US reports. ICMP and the Albanian authorities will begin by seeking to identify and exhume remains of victims at a site near Mount Dajti, close to Tirana, and a site in Ballsh, in southern Albania. http://bit.ly/2TnyvkB

Sri Lanka: Centrality of victims

In an opinion piece, Lanka Image from Sri Lanka explores the “continued marginalization and suffering felt by victims” of the conflict. The article argues that repairing the damage to victims is vital to ensure lasting peace. “To achieve this, Sri Lanka should look upon Colombia, a country that successfully incorporated the principle of the ‘Centrality of Victims’.” http://bit.ly/2DLNrU6

Italy to allow rescued migrants to disembark after 10 days at sea

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said a group of 47 rescued refugees and migrants will be allowed to disembark the Sea-Watch NGO vessel on which they have been stranded for 10 days, Al Jazeera reports. At least 13 of the stranded migrants are children. http://bit.ly/2HJMaAX

UN: human trafficking at 13-year high

The latest Global Report On Trafficking In Persons, released by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) shows a record-high number of cases detected during 2016, but also the largest recorded conviction rate of traffickers, UN News reports. The report shows that armed conflicts can increase vulnerability to trafficking in different ways and forcibly displaced populations (refugees and internally displaced families) have been specifically targeted. http://bit.ly/2RXpCBs

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.