Daily World News Digest, 4 June 2018

ICMP helps Mediterranean countries address issue of missing migrants

ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger speaks to the Greek newspaper Ta Nea about a new international program that will be launched in June to establish a joint mechanism among Cyprus Greece, Italy, and Malta to address the migration crisis. She said the process will seek to identify how many migrants have gone missing, including the living as well as those who have died in the Mediterranean, as well as an analysis of steps already being taken by countries. (article in Greek) https://bit.ly/2sEXV0D

At least 46 migrants drown, dozens missing after boat sinks in Mediterranean

Al Jazeera reports that at least 46 migrants drowned when their boat sank off Tunisia’s southern coast, while dozens of others were rescued by the coastguard. The International Organization for Migration said there were more than 70 survivors from the shipwreck. “There were around 180 of us on board the boat … which sank because of a leak,” a survivor told Tunisia’s Mosaique FM radio, describing the boat as nine metres long. Another rescued person said the captain abandoned the vessel after it started sinking to escape arrest by the coastguard. https://bit.ly/2JfTDUN

Refugee boat sinks off Turkey

Nine people died and one person was missing after a speedboat carrying 15 refugees sank off the coast of Turkey’s southern province of Antalya on Sunday, according to African News. https://bit.ly/2spKAKz

International Criminal Court “must probe Syria’s war”

An opinion piece on the Middle East Eye portal calls on the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, to initiate a probe into war crimes committed in Syria – from torture and sexual violence, to enforced disappearances. https://bit.ly/2su8zs9

Historian bids to identify child victims from World War I

Scotland’s Daily Record reports on a bid to identify child victims of Britain’s worst railway disaster, which occurred more than a century ago. Historian Billy Buchanan is calling for three bodies to be exhumed and DNA tests carried out to try and name the three children, who were believed to be stowaways on a First World War troop train bound for Liverpool in May 1915. https://bit.ly/2JdwVfM

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.