Daily World News Digest, 7 August 2017

254 cases of enforced disappearance in Egypt since the beginning of 2017

Middle East Monitor reported on Monday that the Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms, an NGO based in Cairo, has reported 254 people as forcibly disappeared in the past six months. Of these, 104 people were between the ages of 18 and 35, and all were male. The Egyptian authorities deny claims of enforced disappearance in the country. http://bit.ly/2wyGi34

546 cases of arbitrary arrest recorded in July 2017

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) reported on Saturday that at least 546 cases of arbitrary arrest have been recorded for July 2017. Of these, 311 are men, 22 children and 61 women. The SNHR said it has lists of more than 117,000 people it believes to be detained by Syrian regime forces. The report also records 103 cases of abduction. http://bit.ly/2vwKJ1D

Grave found in Mexico with remains of 14 bodies

Telesur reported on Saturday that a mass grave containing 14 bodies has been found in the North West state of Zacatecas in Mexico. The mass grave was unearthed in a mountainous area of Valparaiso. Authorities believe that a criminal gang involved in robberies, kidnappings and extortion may have been responsible. http://bit.ly/2vaY5xD

UN finds mass graves in remote areas of northern Mali

Africa News reported on Saturday that a UN peacekeeping mission has identified individual and mass graves in a region of northern Mali, about 100km southwest of Kidal. The mission has also confirmed 34 cases of human rights abuses including the enforced disappearance of children. It is believed that children may have been involved in the recent fighting between the Tuareg and Malian authorities. http://bit.ly/2hAvvmu

Mass graves experts to help identify Grenfell Tower victims

The Daily Mirror reported on Sunday on efforts to identify the victims of the Grenfell disaster, when a tower block in London went on fire in June 2017. The paper quoted an investigator working on the case saying that “Investigators with experience of dealing with mass war graves have been drafted in to help”. The coroner in charge of the Grenfell inquests, Dr. Fiona Wilcox, has stated that investigations are becoming “increasing difficult”. The paper said the true number of victims may never be known. http://bit.ly/2hBWii0

France to speed up asylum applications

Radio France Internationale reported on Sunday that Interior Minister Gérard Collomb has stated that France welcomes “everyone who is fleeing war and persecution but we distinguish refugees from those who are migrating for other reasons, notably economic”. On Monday Collomb announced the opening of two new reception centers in Calais which will provide water and sanitation for migrants. http://bit.ly/2ufLYyi

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.