Daily World News Digest 1 November 2019

ICMP helps Albania identify victims from Communist era

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) announced on Thursday in Tirana that it has submitted the first two DNA Match Reports to the Albanian authorities, Balkan Insight reports. These Match Reports will enable the authorities to make conclusive identifications of two individuals who went missing during the period of Communist rule. About 6,000 Albanians are thought to have been killed under the Communist regime that ruled the country from 1945 to 1992. http://bit.ly/321r069

Gambia: women testify against former president

Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) has concluded three weeks of public hearings dedicated to sexual and gender-based violence under the presidency of Yahya Jammeh, Reuters reports. Jammeh fled into exile in Equatorial Guinea in 2017 after losing an election that ended his 22-year-rule – a period marked by killings, torture and forced disappearances. http://bit.ly/36hid3o

Cyprus: two sets of human remains discovered

The human remains of two presumed missing persons have been exhumed in north Nicosia by an excavation team of the Cyprus Committee on Missing Persons, which has already located 26 bodies this year, Ekathimerini reports. It is not yet clear whether the persons whose remains were found are missing from the events of 1974 or from intercommunal conflict in 1964. https://bit.ly/2N8SH9f

The Philippines: “History is repeating itself”

Lorena Santos a human rights defender and daughter of a communist guerrilla who was a victim of enforced disappearance says the government in the Philippines “ignores the difference between an armed combatant, a peace consultant, and a human rights defender”, UCA News reports. The report states there have been almost 2,000 documented cases of enforced disappearance since the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. https://bit.ly/2pvXngb

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.