Daily World News Digest 8 January 2020

Mexico: more than 61,000 missing

The Guardian reports that there are more than 61,000 missing persons in Mexico, according to new figures issued by the authorities. The figure cited by the government in January 2019 was just over 40,000. http://bit.ly/300OmcM

Libya: thousands of disappearances

Aljazeera reports on armed groups in Libya who are abducting or arresting thousands of people, leaving their families with no idea of their whereabouts. It says the uncertain military situation has raised fears of a new round of casualties and human rights abuses. http://bit.ly/2N44l4M

Venezuela: “police responsible for extrajudicial killings”

An article in Pan Am Post describes an “epidemic of police violence” and extrajudicial executions in Venezuela. It says an investigation by the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence has revealed that at least 16,506 violent deaths were recorded in 2019 with a homicide rate of 60.3 per 100,000 inhabitants. http://bit.ly/2T5Nxho

Refugee, migrant arrivals to Greece spike in 2019

Greece recorded 74,482 refugee and migrant arrivals in 2019, significantly higher than the figure of 50,508 registered in 2018, Xinhua reports. The UNHCR says that some 41,100 refugees and migrants are currently being held on the Aegean islands, which received the bulk of arrivals in 2019. http://bit.ly/39Shyai

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.