Daily World News Digest, 6 October 2015

ICMP headquarters in The Hague

NL Times, a Dutch daily, reported on 5 October that Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders signed an agreement on Monday to establish the International Commission for Missing Persons (ICMP) headquarters in The Hague. “The current migration crisis reminds us again of the importance of the work of ICMP,” Foreign Minister Koenders said at the signing. “Among the millions of refugees and migrants fleeing conflict or persecution, thousands go missing and among them are many vulnerable groups, including children.” Bringing the organization to the Netherlands started with the work of previous Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans, now the First Vice President of the European Commission. “The support of the Dutch Government has been instrumental in the development of ICMP and underscores the need for all governments to address a problem that affects every country in the world,” said ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger, who commended the Dutch government and the city authorities for their support. http://bit.ly/1OhGj0b

Aboriginal activists demand inquiries on missing and murdered native women

The Link, a daily from Canada, reported today that more than 500 people attended the 10th annual March and Vigil for Missing and Murdered Native Women that started at Cabot Square on Sunday afternoon.  More than 100 vigils were registered across Canada for Sunday to commemorate the Aboriginal women who have been murdered or gone missing since 1980, according to the Native Women of Canada’s website. The organizers—Quebec Native Women (QNW), the Centre for Gender Advocacy and Missing Justice—vocally denounced the fact that there has yet to be a formal nationwide, federal inquiry into the cases of these missing and murdered Aboriginal women. http://bit.ly/1WJMEo6

Bodies of migrants found washed up in Libya

The Gulf Today reported on 5 October that the bodies of 85 migrants have been found washed up on the coast of Libya, a major departure point for the sea crossing to Europe, the Red Crescent said Monday. Since last Tuesday, volunteers have recovered dozens of bodies of migrants in an advanced stage of decomposition on beaches near the capital, spokesman Mohamed al-Misrati said. They found 75 bodies around Tripoli and another 10 in Sabratah, 43 miles to the west, he said. The Libyan coastguard said it had also rescued 212 migrants from two overloaded rubber dinghies off the Libyan coast. He said that 22 women were among the rescued migrants, who were of different nationalities including many Senegalese and Sudanese. About 515,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean this year alone, with up to 3,000 people dead or reported missing in that period, according to the UN High Commission for Refugees. http://bit.ly/1VCBHSI

Inter-American Commission for Human Rights warns about grave human rights situation in Mexico

Telesur news portal carried a story today saying that Mexico is going through a “grave human rights crisis” characterized by a grave and generalized situation of torture practices, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions, according to James Cavallaro, Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR ) expert for Mexico and first vice president of the IACHR. “We received tens of testimonies regarding the situation of enforced disappearances, extrajudicial executions, very grave cases as Tlataya, Apatzingan, Tanhuato, and very serious cases of torture,” he added. His words come almost simultaneously with the announcement by a federal judge that four of the seven Mexican troops involved in the Tlataya massacre were ordered released from jail, a decision the federal Attorney General’s office (PGR) said it would appeal the decision. http://bit.ly/1Q3y1rJ

Items in 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.