Daily World News Digest, 7 March 2016

Migrant crisis: Boat sinking off Didim, Turkey claims 25 lives

The BBC reported on 6 March that a boat carrying migrants from Turkey to Greece has sunk with the loss of 25 lives, Turkey’s coast guard says. Fifteen people were rescued after the boat capsized near the Turkish resort of Didim. Reports suggest Macedonia has set new curbs on Syrian migrants trying to cross the land border from Greece. NATO is expanding its mission in the Aegean to send patrols to Turkish and Greek territorial waters in the battle to defeat people smugglers. http://bbc.in/1LKdg6K

Second ‘missing’ Hong Kong bookseller returns home from China

Japan Times reported on 6 March that the second of five “missing” Hong Kong booksellers who was detained on the mainland returned to Honk Kong on Sunday, authorities said. Cheung Chi-ping’s return to Hong Kong comes a week after he appeared on Chinese television with four of his colleagues, where some admitted to smuggling illicit literature into the mainland. Cheung had been missing since October. During the meeting with Hong Kong police force, Cheung requested to have his missing persons case closed and requested his case be dropped. http://bit.ly/1pa8GoD

Victims still ‘disappearing’ from the streets of Egypt

Al Monitor, a news portal from the Middle East, carried a story today saying that having strong roots in the 1990s war against terrorism, the disappearances are not new to Egypt. But the term “enforced disappearance” was not common, and the incidents were not as documented or systematic as they are under the current regime. Disappearances began increasing after then-President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown in July 2013. At first, the disappeared were hidden in a military prison in Ismailia called Al-Azouli. As people emerged from there, telling horror stories of torture and mistreatment, the venue was exposed internationally in June 2014. http://bit.ly/1TlaV4P

South Sudan: Army abuses spread west

Human Rights Watch issued a statement on 6 March saying that South Sudanese government forces have carried out numerous killings, enforced disappearances, rapes, and other grave abuses in the Western Equatoria region during expanded fighting in the region. Rebel armed groups there have also committed serious abuses, including rape. The African Union (AU) Commission should move forward to establish a hybrid court to try the most serious crime cases from the current South Sudan conflict as envisioned in the August 2015 peace agreement. It is estimated that 50,000 people were forced to flee their homes. Abuses included the enforced disappearance of at least 11 men since November 2015. http://bit.ly/1UM844k

El Salvador’s archives of death

The Boston Globe carried a story on 6 March saying that police officers in a defensive wall limiting car are waiting for the arrival of a convoy of white trucks. In the convoy is a team from the Institute of Legal Medicine, or IML, El Salvador’s forensic medicine unit, the organization charged with identifying the dead and figuring out what killed them. The police officers’ mission is to escort the IML team safely in and out of the jungle near Rosario de Mora, one of several areas in El Salvador where gangs go to kill, dismember, and bury their victims. There are thousands of graves full of bone fragments and bodies. Fragmentation in the justice system prevents identification and investigation — only 3 percent of all violent crimes today are investigated. http://bit.ly/1ROB74J

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.