Daily World News Digest, 11 April 2017

Yezidi mass graves discovered so far contain 1,646 people, official

Rudaw reported yesterday that teams that search for mass graves of Yezidi victims of Da’esh have so far found 31 mass graves, containing 1,646 people, including women and children. The announcement came as Kurdish authorities stated that a new mass grave has been found in the Hardan area of Shingal. The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is assisting the search operation I   n coordination with the Iraqi and Kurdish authorities. ICMP says it will preserve evidence in line with international standards that can later be used in court proceedings against perpetrators. http://bit.ly/2nynAsv

Migrants from west Africa being “sold in Libyan slave markets”

The Guardian reported yesterday that West African migrant survivors have told the International Organization for Migration (IOM)that migrants are being bought and sold openly in slave markets in Libya. Trafficked people passing through Libya have previously reported violence, extortion and slave labour. But the new testimony from the IOM suggests that trade in human beings has become so normal that people are being traded in public. http://bit.ly/2nyYHwz

Bosnia tries nine Serbs for capturing, killing Bosniaks

BalkanInsight reported yesterday that nine former Bosnian Serb soldiers and policemen went on trial on Monday for a series of charges related to the capture, abuse and murder of scores of Bosniak civilians near Prijedor in 1992. Prosecutor Izet Odobasic said he plans to question more than 60 witnesses. The first witness will testify at the next hearing on 24 April. http://bit.ly/2plEhUn

Colombia drug lord freed after surprise rulings

Insight Crime reports today that the leader of “Los Puntilleros”, one of Colombia’s most powerful criminals, facing charges of enforced disappearances and arms trafficking, has been released after a series of surprising judicial decisions, and will await further legal actions outside prison despite the seriousness of the charges against him. A Colombian judge ruled that Óscar Mauricio Pachón, alias “Puntilla,” did not represent a threat to the public and could thus be freed to face charges outside of prison. http://bit.ly/2om7LE5

Pakistan party demands recovery of missing workers

The News, from Pakistan, reports today on comments by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Human Rights Cell central coordinator Dr Nafisa Shah about the disappearance of party workers and close aides of former President Asif Ali Zardari in the past few days. Nafisa Shah said that all signs point to these being cases of enforced disappearances. http://bit.ly/2om8chH

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.