Monthly Archives: March 2017

Daily World News Digest, 7 March 2017

Egypt: rights group reports disappearances in February

Middle East Monitor carried a story yesterday on a report published by the El-Nadeem Centre for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture, which says 107 extrajudicial killings were committed by security forces in Egypt in February. The report, titled “Archive of Oppression”, documents 110 cases of enforced disappearances during the same month, ten of which were carried out during investigations at police stations. The report includes testimonies of families of detainees and families of the disappeared.

Burundi: program to exhume bodies from mass graves begins

All Africa reported yesterday that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR) in Burnundi has officially begun the exhumation of buried bones in mass graves in Mwaro central province. Muramvya, Mwaro and Rumonge have been selected as pilot provinces for the identification of mass graves. Some have argued that the exercise could “lead to more division among the population,…

Daily World News Digest, 6 March 2017

Iraq: mass grave discovered in Kirkuk  

Iraqi News reported yesterday that authorities in Kirkuk province have encountered a mass grave containing the bodies of Kurdish Peshmerga troops, officials say. Shakhwan Abdullah, a member of the Iraqi parliament’s security and defense committee, said on Sunday that the grave, found in the Daqouq region in Northern Iraq contained the remains of 20 fighters from the Kurdistan Region’s army force who are believed to have been killed and buried by Da’esh.

Ireland: mass grave found in former Catholic orphanage 

Fox News reported on 4 March that a mass grave containing the remains of babies and young children has been discovered at a former Catholic orphanage in Ireland, government-appointed investigators announced Friday in a finding that offered the first conclusive proof following a historian’s efforts to trace the fates of nearly 800 children who perished there. The commission said DNA analysis of selected remains…

Daily World News Digest, 3 March 2017

EU: Political group seeks help to find missing children 

The EU Reporter published an article yesterday noting that the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) has called on the EU Commission to help identify migrant children. On 1 March, at the request of the ALDE Group, the European Parliament debated measures to tackle the disappearance of migrant children. According to Europol, at least 10,000 migrant and refugee children have gone missing after arriving in Europe. “It has already been one year since EUROPOL announced the disappearance of 10,000 migrant children in Europe and yet, almost nothing has been done,” an ALDE spokesperson said.

Iraq mass grave littered with landmines 

The Independent reported yesterday that, as it continues to lose territory in Iraq, Da’esh has littered the ground around the country’s largest known mass grave – at the khasfah sinkhole near Mosul – with land mines. Shifa Gardi, a…

Daily World News Digest, 2 March 2017

UN: both sides committed war crimes in Aleppo

Aljazeera reported yesterday that a UN probe has found that both sides committed war crimes in last year’s battle for Aleppo. The UN Commission of Inquiry’s report released on Wednesday said Syrian government and allied Russian forces “pervasively used” unguided munitions to bomb densely populated areas in rebel-held eastern Aleppo between July and its fall on 22 December, amounting to the war crime of indiscriminate attacks. According to the report, opposition groups shelled government-controlled western Aleppo, indiscriminately firing with no clear military target. As the opposition resistance was crumbling and civilians tried to escape, some rebel armed groups prevented civilians from fleeing eastern Aleppo, using them as “human shields”, and attacked the residential Kurdish district of Sheikh Maqsoud – both war crimes. 

Syria’s Opposition points to signs of progress at Geneva talks

Aljazeera reported yesterday that the ongoing Syria talks in Geneva appeared to…

Daily World News Digest, 1 March 2017

Tunisia, Italy cooperate on identification of missing migrants  

Ansa, the Italian news agency, reported yesterday that the special Tunisian commission of enquiry investigating nationals who were reported missing in the Mediterranean in 2011 has given Italian interior ministry officials 223 genetic imprints provided by the families of missing migrants, along with photos, films and digital prints to help investigators. An agreement was reached on 23 February on the creation of a mixed technical and scientific commission charged with comparing information gathered by Italian and Tunisian services with those in the Italian database. 

Burundi commission begins exhumation of mass graves 

IWACU, a news agency from Burundi, reported yesterday that on 27 February the National Commission for Truth and Reconciliation (CVR) began to exhume human remains from mass graves in the Gasenyi locality of Mwaro Province in central Burundi. “I lost my father in 1972 and it is reported that he was…