Daily World News Digest, 5 June 2018

Death toll in Mediterranean capsize rises to 60

Reuters reports that the death toll from a ship packed with migrants that sank off the Tunisian coast last weekend has risen to 60, according to the International Organization for Migration, which said 48 of the victims are Tunisians and 12 are non-Tunisian. https://bit.ly/2JjwX6a

“State-organized” killings in Pakistan

Several Pashtun ethnic rights activists were killed and at least 25 were wounded in one of Pakistan’s tribal regions on Sunday, when Taliban militants attacked their gathering and security forces opened fire on protesters during disturbances that followed, according to Reuters. The Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement alleges that thousands of Pashtuns were targeted in state-organized killings after Pakistan joined the US-led war on terror in 2001. https://reut.rs/2sIbegS

Mexico: missing persons total rises to 37,435

Mexico News Daily reports there are 37,435 missing persons in Mexico, according to the Interior Secretariat, which is 40 percent more than the number that was reported in 2014. Amnesty International says “the actual numbers are probably higher because the official figures exclude federal cases that occurred before 2014 and cases classified as other criminal offenses such as hostage-taking or human trafficking.” https://bit.ly/2kOJeof

Decomposed bodies found in Libya

A source from the Libyan Red Crescent said Sunday, that it had found decomposed bodies in a farm located in Sirte, the Libya Observer reports. The authorities believe the site may contain more bodies of persons killed during Da’esh control of the city. https://bit.ly/2kPDPgK

Thousands of Yezidi still missing in Iraq

The Lalish Media Network reports that of the 6,417 Yezidi civilians kidnapped by Da’esh, 3,548 were female. Just 3,300 of the abducted Yezidi civilians have been rescued, and the fate of the others is not known. A report by the Yezidi Directorate of the KRG Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs says that in August 2014, 1,293 Yezidis were killed and are buried in 68 known mass-graves and tens of individual graves, and 2,745 children lost at least one of their parents (article in Arabic). https://bit.ly/2svHdSs

Bangladesh: BNP demands judicial probe into extrajudicial killing

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman has called for a judicial investigation into extrajudicial killings carried out by law enforcement during the ongoing nationwide anti-narcotic operation, the Daily Star reports. He said it would be necessary to conduct the investigation at the level of the Appellate Court “because the victims’ family members will be denied justice if the investigation is conducted by lower court magistrates.” https://bit.ly/2Lnj4nV

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.