Daily World News Digest, 12 April 2018

Nepal government committed to “robust” truth-seeking mechanism

Nepal’s Attorney-General, Agni Kharel, says the government has accorded top priority to meeting Supreme Court stipulations regarding sentencing for extra judicial killing, enforced disappearance, torture and rape and other cases of sexual violence. “We’ll try our best to make the truth-seeking mechanism robust,” he said, adding that other important issues, such as use of child soldiers, would be carefully looked into through the amendment of the legislation that governs the two transitional justice mechanisms — the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons. https://bit.ly/2JDaiSQ

Iraq: mass grave at the Khasfa sinkhole outside Mosul

The Daily Beast has published an article on the Khasfa sinkhole outside Mosul in Iraq, where thousands of victims of Da’esh are buried in a mass grave. The article notes that “bereaved families have received little help from the government since they were liberated in a nine month long operation” that ended in July last year,” and describes the efforts of one bereaved woman who is “trying and failing to navigate a byzantine bureaucracy in order to apply for a pension that she is entitled to as a widow.” https://thebea.st/2GUkp3Q

Iraq: remains of 60 civilians found in Mosul

A mass grave with the remains of at least 60 Iraqi civilians has been found in Mosul, a police officer was quoted saying on Wednesday. Captain Amir Watheq told BasNews website that security forces found the grave at Hammam al-Alil in southern Mosul, adding that most of the remains belonged to women who attempted to flee the area during the military campaign to retake the region. https://bit.ly/2qpUsSM

Myanmar court refuses to free journalists

A Myanmar court on Wednesday rejected a motion to drop the case against two Reuters journalists arrested while investigating a massacre of Rohingya, even as seven soldiers were given lengthy sentences for their role in the killings. Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were detained in December and accused of violating the country’s Official Secrets Act for possessing material relating to security operations in Rakhine state. https://bit.ly/2Hf2l7P

Colombia investigating potential mass grave

Forensic investigators from Colombia’s prosecution system are investigating whether a mass grave containing 50 sets of human remains, initially presented as an archaeological find, is related to the recent conflict. Investigators say the remains were found in shallow graves, some no less than 10 inches deep. https://bit.ly/2JD1CMf

Polisario accused of enforced disappearance

The president of the Association of the Missing People at the Hands of Polisario (APDP) Dahi Aguai on Tuesday sent a report to the Spanish government documenting what it says are cases of torture and enforced disappearance carried out by Polisario against the Sahrawi populations in Polisario-run camps in Algeria. https://bit.ly/2qq84NL

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.