Daily World News Digest, 14 December 2018

Brazil: victims of dictatorship still waiting for justice

Human Rights Watch marks the 50th anniversary of the imposition of martial law in Brazil by highlighting the effort to account for victims of the dictatorship, including identifications of human remains found in clandestine graves, carried out with the assistance of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). In 2014, Brazil’s National Truth Commission identified 377 state agents, close to 200 of them still alive, as responsible for hundreds of cases of torture, killings, and enforced disappearances. http://bit.ly/2GcY2dR

Human remains of children found in Sri Lanka mass grave

Investigators in Sri Lanka have found the skeletal remains of 21 children as well as signs of possible torture of the dead in the biggest mass grave in the country’s former civil war zone, Mannar, the Independent newspaper from the UK reports. So far, 276 skeletons have been exhumed, but the excavation, which started in May, is still in its early stages according to the chief investigation office. https://ind.pn/2QwoMuD

Amnesty: Tunisian authorities must sustain progress on transitional justice

As Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) nears the end of its mandate, Amnesty International has called on the government to implement IVD recommendations to ensure that perpetrators of human rights violations are brought to justice, victims receive reparation, and measures are taken to prevent repetition. The IVD is the first truth commission in the Middle East and North Africa that has had the power to refer cases relating to gross violations of human rights including cases, including enforced disappearance, to courts. http://bit.ly/2Qt8nXS

Russia: mass grave containing 1,800 German soldiers found in Volgograd

Russian workers laying a new water pipe in the city of Volgograd have discovered a mass grave containing 1,837 German WW2 soldiers, the Daily Mail reports. A spokesman for the German War Graves Commission said that every year in the former Stalingrad on average three to four mass graves are found. https://dailym.ai/2RV5N9H

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.