Daily World News Digest, 8 May 2019

Albania: missing persons from Communist era

Agence France Presse reports on Albania’s efforts to account for victims of the Communist regime from 1945 to 1991. It is believed that more than 5,000 persons have executed during the period. The fate and final whereabouts of many remain unknown. The process is now under way following the launch in November of a project with the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). http://bit.ly/2Ve22NO

Mexico: missing persons data no longer active

The SIPSE news corporation from the southern states of Mexico has published an article reporting that statistics on missing persons appear to have been removed from the website of the National Registry of Data on Missing Persons (RNPED). While the website states that 40,000 people are missing, the details behind this figure are no longer on the website (Original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2Vc0p2N

Reuters journalists freed in Myanmar

Two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for their investigation into Myanmar’s Inn Din massacre of Rohingya, have been released from jail after 500 days. The BBC reports that the journalists were released along with thousands of other prisoners as part of mass amnesties that take place annually around new year in Myanmar. https://bbc.in/2DU9U0S

Human Rights Watch urges Malaysia to speed up human rights reforms

Human Rights Watch has urged Malaysia to speed up human rights reforms that were promised after the elections in 2018. An HRW report states that authorities were responsible for covering up the discovery of human trafficking camps and that police have been responsible for several enforced disappearances. https://bit.ly/2PRYSy4

Malaysia and Thailand: mass graves and human trafficking camps

Aljazeera reports that Rohingya women are being trafficked into Malaysia to marry men without consent. The report notes that this form of transnational human trafficking is being revived, as human trafficking networks have been inactive since 139 mass graves and several human trafficking camps were discovered in 2015. https://bit.ly/2vJ8Qsp

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.