Daily World News Digest, 12 December 2017

Nigeria “must ensure justice” for families of Zaria massacre

The Nigerian authorities must ensure justice, truth and reparation over the killing of more than 350 civilians in the northern city of Zaria in December 2015, Amnesty International said in a statement issued on the second anniversary of the massacre. Between 12 and 14 December 2015, Nigerian security forces killed hundreds of civilian and arrested more than 200 following a Shi’a Muslim protest. Amnesty International has identified and visited the location of a possible mass grave near the town of Mando, but it is yet to be exhumed. So far, no one has been held accountable for the killings. http://bit.ly/2z1WRZ9

Missing migrants on US-Mexico border

More than 1,600 bodies of presumed migrants have been found by the US Border Patrol in the past five years, and many are unidentified. Colibri Center for Human Rights, a nonprofit organization from Tucson in the US state of Arizona, is traveling across the US to collect genetic material from family members of the missing. They have collected more than 370 samples, leading to the identification of 32 people this year, with 21 findings still pending final approval. http://wapo.st/2jAS5NC

Enforced disappearances in Punjab

An investigation by the Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project has found evidence of 8,257 cases of enforced disappearances and “fake encounters” in Punjab between the 1980s and 1995. The report, based on a seven-year probe, also claims that 5,648 mass cremations took place in 1984-1995 of unidentified and unclaimed bodies in the state. http://bit.ly/2nNNo4a

EU leaders “complicit in torture of refugees and migrants”

Amnesty International has accused European leaders of being complicit in the torture and exploitation of thousands of migrants and refugees by the EU-financed Libyan coastguard and officials running the country’s detention camps. Following the provision of ships, training and funding from the EU and Italy to the Libyan coastguard, the number of arrivals to Italy fell by 67 percent between July and November compared with the same period in 2016. http://bit.ly/2ygMSvp

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.