Daily World News Digest, 13 April 2018

India: “Manipur victim families, activists harassed”

Police in India’s Manipur state have threatened and harassed activists, lawyers, and families pursuing justice for alleged unlawful killings by government security forces, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. It noted that in July 2017, India’s Supreme Court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to examine 98 killings by police, army, and paramilitary forces in response to a petition filed by victim families and nongovernmental groups in Manipur. HRW called on the Manipur authorities and police to “cease the harassment” of activists, lawyers, and families pursuing justice   and fully cooperate with the ongoing investigations ordered by the Supreme Court.  https://bit.ly/2JDFWiV

Ireland: DNA experts can identify Tuam babies

Hundreds of babies buried in a mass grave in a former religious-run mother and babies’ home in Tuam, Ireland can be identified because of major advances in DNA testing, according to the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation that was set up in 2015 after research revealed death certificates for 796 children at the Tuam home from 1925 to 1961. https://bit.ly/2JIu6nQ

Mexico: authorities urged to refocus investigation on missing 43 students

Following media reports of the existence of audio recordings featuring members of criminal organizations in Mexico and the US potentially involved in the forced disappearance of 43 students in the Mexican state of Guerrero in September 2014, Amnesty International has called on the Mexican authorities to “abandon their discredited theory on the case and commit to a serious and prompt investigation into the events”. https://bit.ly/2vaqY0S

Iraq: mass grave found north of Ramadi

A mass grave has been found north of Ramadi in central Iraq, according to Iraq security forces. It still unknown whether the victims were civilians or members of Da’esh. https://bit.ly/2qs5R4z

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.