Daily World News Digest 8 November 2019

ICMP donates DNA lab equipment to University of Sarajevo

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has presented Sarajevo University’s Faculty of Medicine with laboratory equipment that will increase capacity at the university’s Institute for Legal Medicine, The Sarajevo Times reports. The equipment includes a DNA sequencer, a sequencing computer, a mini centrifuge and software, and is part of ICMP’s continuing program to help institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina develop their capacity to account for missing persons. https://bit.ly/34IpnMq

Mexico launches missing persons registration platform

Mexico has launched an electronic platform that allows anyone to report a missing person “in a swift, transparent and trustworthy manner”, according to the Informador newspaper. Missing migrant reports can be made using the same platform, the paper says.   Alejandro Encinas, the deputy interior minister responsible for human rights, said that through this platform Mexico aims to address the UN Human Rights Committee’s recommendations to improve its databases and mechanisms for registering missing persons (Original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2pS7099

“More than 1,000 Venezuelans have disappeared” on border with Colombia

There are increasing reports of enforced disappearance in Colombia’s Catatumbo region on the border with Venezuela, RCN Radio reports. According to an NGO called PoderPaz, more than a thousand people have been reported missing along the border in the last two years. (Original article in Spanish). http://bit.ly/33vsTK0

Extra-judicial killings in Kenya on the rise

Kenya’s Independent Police Oversight Authority has released a report showing an increase in cases of police abuse, according to Standard Digital from Kenya, which notes that there were 12 extrajudicial killings in the space of three days in November 2018, with police claiming, without due process, that the victims were criminals. https://bit.ly/2NrgyRm

Egypt unearths mass grave in catacomb in Ismailia

Archaeologists have discovered a mass grave in a multi-storey catacomb dating back to ancient times ed back to in the Egyptian province of Ismailia province, Xinhua news agency reports. “The upper part of the catacomb is formed of mass grave built of mud bricks during the Greco-Roman era, while the lower stories were built before the prehistory of Egypt,” said a Ministry of Antiquities spokesperson. http://bit.ly/2PZXAD8


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.