Daily World News Digest, 4 October 2018

Dead and missing in the Mediterranean

Corriere della Sera has published a detailed statistical account of missing and deceased migrants over five years in the Mediterranean, based on information drawn from maritime authorities and other agencies. Highlighting the absence of reliable data on migration flows, the article concludes that a figure of 17,536 dead and missing between 3 October 2013 and 5 September 2018 “is a partial estimate, and the number of people killed and missing in the Mediterranean may be higher.” https://bit.ly/2NoyR6u

Egypt: HRW highlights case of missing activist

A report published by Human Rights Watch on 3 October says that Egyptian police have forcibly disappeared a prominent human rights defender and lawyer, Ezzat Ghoneim. Ghoneim, the head of the Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms, has been in custody since March 2018. His release was ordered by a court on 4 September; he was last seen in custody at a police station, south of Cairo on 13 September. https://bit.ly/2DRhwDZ

Syria: new mass graves uncovered in Raqqa

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) say that between 1,000 and 1,500 bodies have been pulled from under the rubble of destroyed buildings in Al-Panorama region in Raqqa city, according to Middle East Monitor. Other locations where mass graves have been found include the courtyard of the old Al-Raqqa Mosque (96 bodies), Al-Rashid football stadium, the city zoo, the Al-Qadim mosque and the Al-Badou residential district.  https://bit.ly/2OAfPi7

More than 100 remains found in Sri Lanka mass grave

A mass grave with remains of around 151 people has been found in Mannar, northern Sri Lanka, the Hindustan Times reports. At least 14 of the remains were those of children. https://bit.ly/2O7Gi7l

Pakistan court acts on missing persons

The Business Recorder in Pakistan reported on 3 October that the Supreme Court has issued a directive establishing a two-member special bench to supervise long-running cases before the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (CIED) and ensure the implementation of production orders issued by the CIED. The Supreme Court has been advised that the CIED had issued at least 30 orders for the production of missing persons but none has been produced before the CIED. https://bit.ly/2Qq0Moq

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.