Daily World News Digest 10 September 2019

Syria: Another mass grave discovered in Raqqa

Asharq Al-Awsat reports that another mass grave was discovered in Raqqa, Syria. This is the 16th mass grave found in Raqqa since the militants of Da’esh were driven out from the city in the summer of 2017. Yasser Khamis, leader of the team of first responders, has lamented that they have encountered difficulties with determining the cause of death due to limited resources. “International human rights groups say they are concerned that local forensic groups are not getting the support, expertise and resources they need”. http://bit.ly/2m9rZSJ

UN cites abuses in Venezuela

The United Nations human rights Chief Michelle Bachelet said that extrajudicial killings appeared to be continuing in Venezuela and the Special Action Forces (FAES) presumed to be responsible had received support from the highest levels of government, Euronews reports. Alongside possible executions, Ms Bachelet’s office had documented cases of torture of soldiers and others that were arbitrarily held. She urged the government of President Nicolas Maduro to punish perpetrators. http://bit.ly/2kBsJzq

Kenya: Storing unidentified human remains

The Star from Kenya highlights the issue of unclaimed bodies in Nairobi’s mortuaries. Once an unidentified body arrives, fingerprints are taken and submitted to the registration bureau for identification. DNA samples are used if the body is burnt beyond recognition. If the police fail to trace the family of deceased, the management will be given three months to preserve the body. There are currently 273 unclaimed bodies in mortuaries around Kenyan capital, including 172 in City and capacities are. http://bit.ly/2lGQQgq

Burundi: UN Rights Body Should Extend Inquiry

Human Rights Watch has called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to extend the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi during its ongoing session in Geneva. Rights group underlines that the Commission of Inquiry’s report confirms that grave and widespread human rights violations are persisting including disappearances, sexual violence and torture. http://bit.ly/2mamGTb

Chile: Protest for missing persons

This weekend thousands of demonstrators honored the victims of General Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in a mass protest which was intended as a peaceful March but which ended in violence, Buenos Aires Times reports. The protestors demanded for end of impunity and further investigations of hundreds of unresolved cases of missing persons since Pinochet’s dictatorship, with barely over 100 cases located from the 1,200 people listed as missing. https://bit.ly/2k8A0GL

Bahamas: Search for the missing following hurricane

Following Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, rescue workers continue searching for survivors and bodies of the missing persons, Voice of America reports. The number of fatalities on Monday was 45 but is expected to rise, with hundreds if not thousands of people missing as a result of the storm. https://bit.ly/2lLE68s

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.