Daily World News Digest, 2 November 2016

Italian prosecutor holds talks in Egypt over student’s killing

Reuters reported yesterday that on Tuesday Italian and Egyptian prosecutors discussed Egypt’s investigation into the killing of an Italian student, describing the talks as “positive”, after months of rising tension during which Rome complained about a lack of cooperation from Cairo. Giulio Regeni, who was doing postgraduate research into Egyptian trade unions, was last seen by his friends on 25 January. His body, showing signs of torture, was found in a roadside ditch on the outskirts of Cairo on 3 February. Amid accusations from rights groups that Egyptian security services appeared responsible for the 28-year-old Regeni’s death, Italy complained that Egyptian authorities were not cooperating in the search for the perpetrators. In April, Rome withdrew its ambassador to Cairo for consultations. Italian Deputy Chief Prosecutor Sergio Colaiocco met Egyptian Public Prosecutor Nabil Sadek in Cairo on Tuesday and invited him to visit Rome in December for further talks and to meet Regeni’s parents, a statement by the two sides said. http://reut.rs/2fCIiTx

Allow UN access to Kashmir to investigate allegations of rights abuse

Greater Kashmir publishes an article today on a group of writers, rights activists, journalists, lawyers and others, who have called on the government to grant “unfettered” access to the United Nations Human Rights Commission to investigate allegations of Human Rights violations in Kashmir. They asked the government immediately to lift the curfew and stop violence against civilians in Kashmir. Among other things, the group stated that in the last 114 days more than 8,000 people have been arrested in Kashmir, of whom 434 have been detained under the Public Safety Act. http://bit.ly/2fDxcxq

Migrants missing off Greece

The Greek reporter reported yesterday that a rescue operation is in progress off the southern Peloponnese to locate a vessel transporting an unknown number of migrants. Migrants aboard the vessel called for emergency help and asked for assistance late Monday evening. The rescue operation was launched with delay on early Tuesday due to adverse weather conditions prevailing in the area, making it impossible for coast guard vessels to sail. http://bit.ly/2ecIUds                

Cambodia: human remains and political narratives

The Phnom Penh Post carries an article today about an anthropology researcher analyzing skeletal remains of Khmer Rouge victims who published an essay this week in the journal Genocide Studies and Prevention on the importance of balancing artefact preservation with respect for local culture. The author, Julie Fleischman, has examined and analyzed skeletal remains from Choeung Ek – more commonly known as the Killing Fields – and recently began a new project at the Kraing Ta Chan security center site in Takeo province in southwest Cambodia. “Human remains resulting from genocide or crimes against humanity are rarely accessible for research primarily because they are politically, culturally, ethically, and religiously sensitive,” Fleischman writes. “Religious or cultural groups may believe that forensic teams profane the spaces and the individuals within if the grave is disturbed,” she adds, noting that King Sihanouk “employed religious discourse” when he suggested cremating the remains of Khmer Rouge victims in 2001. Fleischman began work in Kraing Ta Chan this April, where she has thus far analyzed more than 1,900 skulls. In an attempt to overcome the challenge posed by “political narratives and religious ideologies” to forensic analysis, Fleischman also worked to restore the memorial stupa in which the remains were interred. http://bit.ly/2fgDlLW

Missing WWII hero Raoul Wallenberg declared officially dead

The New York Daily News reported yesterday that Raoul Wallenberg, who is credited with helping at least 20,000 Hungarian Jews escape the Holocaust, has been pronounced dead by Swedish authorities, 71 years after he disappeared under mysterious circumstances. The Swedish diplomat is believed to have died in Soviet captivity, but when and how remains unclear. Wallenberg was officially considered a missing person in Sweden, long after authorities gave up hope of finding him alive. But the Swedish Tax Agency, which registers births and deaths, confirmed a report Monday in the newspaper Expressen that Wallenberg had been pronounced dead. Wallenberg vanished after being arrested by the Red Army in 1945. The Soviets initially denied he was in their custody, but in 1957 they said he had died of a heart attack in prison on 17 July 1947. http://nydn.us/2eivLCF

Items in 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.