Daily World News Digest, 9 July 2018

 Mediterranean migration: latest numbers on missing persons

The International Organization for Migration reports that 46,449 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through the first half of 2018, compared to 101,213 at this time last year, and more than 231,503 at this time in 2016. Since the beginning of the year, 1,412 people have lost their lives in the Mediterranean. Since 18 June, 489 people have died or gone missing in the Central Mediterranean off the coast of Libya. https://bit.ly/2L1iEUC

Syria: Five more cases of enforced disappearance submitted to UN

The NGOs Akrama and Human Rights Guardians have submitted five cases of enforced disappearances in Syria to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID ), requesting that UN experts promptly intervene with the Syrian authorities to secure the individuals’ immediate release. Press Release Point reports that all five men were arrested, without a warrant or an explanation for their detention, by government forces between 2011 and 2013. https://bit.ly/2u3VN43

Thousands march in Bosnia to honor Srebrenica victims

Anadolu Agency reports that more than 6,000 people from around the world began the annual Peace March on Sunday to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. The three-day march follows the path that was used by those fleeing the genocide in 1995. Participants will cover a total distance of approximately 100 kilometers, ending at the cemetery at Potocari outside Srebrenica, where burial ceremonies will be held for 35 victims identified in the course of the last year. https://bit.ly/2uh06IO

Bodies unearthed by US hurricane in 2016 still unidentified

WRAL.com, a media outlet in the US state of North Carolina, reports that 18 of 36 sets of human remains unearthed by floodwaters during Hurricane Matthew in 2016 have not yet been identified and returned to their original resting place. City officials in Goldsboro are working to identify the remains of the deceased through DNA analysis. https://bit.ly/2m2vIy4

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.