Daily World News Digest, 08 May 2018

Colombian army killed thousands more civilians than reported, study claims

According to authors of new study co-authored by former police colonel Omar Rojas Bolaños and Fabian Leonardo Benavides, approximately 10,000 civilians were executed by the army in Colombia between 2002 and 2010 – more than three times the number tallied by human rights groups. Evidence of a systematic military strategy to boost body counts is laid out in the book Extrajudicial Executions in Colombia, 2002-2010 – Blind Obedience in Fictitious Battlefields. https://bit.ly/2HXDqXF

Pakistan: more than 3,000 enforced disappearance cases resolved

The Commission of Inquiry on enforced disappearances announced on Monday that it had disposed of 3,269 cases out of the 4,929 cases that had been brought to its attention as of 30 April. Commission Chair Javed Iqbal said in Islamabad that in the last month 50 cases had been closed. https://bit.ly/2rrNH3m

Nigeria: alleged extrajudicial killing by the police

The House of Representatives in Nigeria has ordered an investigation into the alleged extrajudicial killing of a student, Ifeanyi Okafor, by police who were reportedly reacting to the victim’s refusal to pay a bribe. The House said police in Imo State shot Okafor on 9 February.  https://bit.ly/2I2NjUc

Remains of 95 more Soviet soldiers found in western Latvia

The remains of 95 more Soviet soldiers have been unearthed in the western Latvian region of Saldus, according to the Legend Search Unit, an NGO. A number of mass graves dating from World War Two have been found, each containing the remains of 20 to 30 soldiers. Of approximately 400 Soviet soldiers found so far, seven have been identified. https://bit.ly/2rrbtgr

Scientists: Romanian troops behind 1941 massacre

Forensic scientists from Bucharest have concluded that 36 bodies found in a mass grave near the city of Iasi are the human remains of Jews who were murdered by Romanian troops. The investigation into the mass grave was completed in April and determined that soldiers of the Romanian Army carried out the murders in June 1941, the Elie Wiesel National Institute for Studying the Holocaust in Romania announced on Wednesday. https://bit.ly/2wmJpzJ

 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.