Daily World News Digest, 9 May 2019

Libya: enforced disappearances in Tripoli conflict

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has issued a statement expressing concern “about increased cases of arbitrary arrest and detention, abduction, kidnapping and disappearance in Libya, inflicted upon officials, activists and journalists”. Among other causes, it cites the recent upsurge of fighting around Tripoli. https://bit.ly/2WA6VlC

Cyprus President appeals for information on missing persons

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has appealed for information on missing persons whose place of rest may be located within areas controlled by the Republic of Cyprus, stressing that such information can be given to him personally and under condition of anonymity, and he has expressed the hope that the Turkish Cypriot side will have the same constructive position. President Anastasiades was speaking during the appointment ceremony of the new Greek Cypriot member of the Committee on Missing Persons Leonidas Pantelides, In-Cyprus reports. https://bit.ly/2VgDGmA

Mexico: Coahuila Congress approves missing persons draft bill

The State Congress of Coahuila has unanimously approved a draft bill on the “Special Declaration of Absence for Missing Persons”. The bill would guarantee, protect and recognize the rights of missing persons and their families, the Zócalo newspaper reports (Original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2H8iQAB

Russia identifies missing from WW2

Russian volunteers are carrying out regular digs at World War 2 battlefield sites outside Saint Petersburg in search for missing soldiers, France 24 reports. Over the last two decades, volunteers have found the remains of more than 3,000 Soviet soldiers. Identified remains are buried in military cemeteries, though identifications are often impossible due to the passage of time. http://bit.ly/2JbLJPI

Poland: mass grave from 5000 years ago unearthed

The science-based magazine, Laboratory Equipment, has published an article about a mass grave that contained the remains of 15 people who died between 2880-2776 BC and that was unearthed in southern Poland. A team of archeologists was able to conduct DNA analysis that made it possible to identify the relationships between the individuals. https://bit.ly/2J87nnZ

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.