Daily World News Digest, 6 June 2018

Identifying migrant bodies in the Mediterranean

The triangle of coastal towns connecting Tripoli, Zouara and Lampedusa has been dubbed “the black zone” by locals because of the number of bodies of undocumented migrants that have been found in the area. Open Democracy reports on efforts to identify human remains when there is no information regarding nationality and no personal belongings. The article notes that identification is still possible using advanced DNA technology. https://bit.ly/2xFPzf6

Mexico: wave of disappearances in Nuevo Laredo

The Mexican government has been urged to end a wave of disappearances in Nuevo Laredo, a city on the border with Texas, Business Insider Nederland reports.  The UN said at the end of May that 21 men and two women had disappeared in Nuevo Laredo between February and 16 May  and that there are “strong indications that these crimes have been committed by federal security forces.” https://bit.ly/2sAC2R7

Pakistan: Commission says 3,331 missing persons cases have been closed

The Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances in Islamabad on Tuesday said that 3,331 missing persons have been accounted for as a result of its efforts. According to the Daily Times, the Commission disposed of 62 cases in May out of 86 cases received during the month. A total of 5,177 cases were received by the Commission up to 31 May. https://bit.ly/2kU2m4q

Texas school district exhumes unmarked mass grave

According to the radio station NBCDFW, a judge has given a school district in the US city of Houston permission to exhume the remains of what historians believe are nearly 100 imprisoned African-Americans buried in unmarked graves for more than a century. Bones were found earlier this year as the ground was being prepared for a student career and technical center. https://bit.ly/2LtcVa3

Angola: video shows apparent execution by police

Human Rights Watch has called on the Angolan authorities to investigate the apparent summary execution of a criminal suspect by police officers in Luanda, which was captured on video. The Angolan Ministry of Interior released a statement on 1 June confirming the incident recorded on the video, which the ministry said took place during pursuit of an alleged criminal gang. https://bit.ly/2szkHrQ

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.