Daily World News Digest, 31 July 2018

Enforced disappearance in Burundi

Human Rights Watch has used the case of Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana, who was arrested in July 2016 and is still missing, to highlight what it says is a culture of impunity surrounding disappearances and other serious abuses by the Burundi government. HRW emphasizes the failure to investigate disappearances and identify bodies of victims. https://bit.ly/2LN4KsO

Women and children seized in southwest Syria

The BBC reports that more than 30 women and children are being held by Da’esh following attacks in southwest Syria. The abductions, which were reported by the Suwayda24 website and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, followed a series of suicide bombings that targeted an area dominated by the Druze ethnic minority on 25 July. Several women have since managed to escape, and two have died, the reports say. Negotiations to secure their release are under way, according to Suwayda24.https://bbc.in/2LQo7kw

Report on missing Malaysian airliner released

Investigators have released a report on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which vanished on 8 March 2014 with 239 people on board en-route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. Reuters notes that investigators believe that answers “can only be conclusive if the wreckage is found.” https://reut.rs/2NX8chP

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.