Daily World News Digest, 8 February 2019

Mexico: 19 bodies found in mass grave

Authorities in Mexico’s Pacific coast state of Colima say they have recovered 19 bodies from 11 clandestine gravesites, the Associated Press reports. The authorities plan to perform DNA testing and compare results with a database of the missing. https://yhoo.it/2Ghm46J

Arbitrary arrest and detention in Zimbabwe

Amnesty International has issued a report on the Zimbabwean authorities’ response to protests against fuel prices. It documents cases of torture, mass arbitrary arrests, detentions and routine denial of bail in fast-tracked trials: “more than 1,000 people have been arbitrarily detained following the protests, with some having been brought to court in trials that do not meet international fair trial standards. http://bit.ly/2SF2Uxm

Mediterranean: migrant deaths in 2019

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that 6,413 migrants and refugees reached Europe by sea in 2019 as of 3 February, a 17 percent decrease from the 7,499 who arrived during the same period last year, according to Info Migrants. A total of 208 were reported to have died during the crossing over the same period. http://bit.ly/2SzKpdL

Brazil: new bill could “spur extrajudicial killings by police”

A bill unveiled by Brazil’s government could enable police officers who kill people in unjustifiable circumstances to evade punishment, Human Rights Watch says. HRW says its research shows that police officers often justify extrajudicial executions by falsely contending that they acted in self-defense and the new bill could spur an increase in unjustifiable killings by police. http://bit.ly/2WQmiHa

 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.