Daily World News Digest 15 October 2019

Iraq: holding perpetrators accountable for murder and enforced disappearances

In an interview with CBS, Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad highlights the suffering of the Yezidi community in Sinjar, Iraq and describes her efforts to bring Da’esh members to justice. As many as 5,000 Yezidis are believed to have been murdered, and 6,000 abducted by Da’esh. Nearly 4,000 are still missing. https://cbsn.ws/2nM580C

Uruguay: Legacy of enforced disappearances

The Institute for Human Rights and the Defense of the People ((INDDHH) in Uruguay has reiterated the need to document crimes committed under the country’s dictatorship, from 1973 to 1985, La Red 21 reports. This follows the recent discovery and identification of the remains of Edurado Bleier, a militant who disappeared in 1975. “We reaffirm our demand to the state to continue looking for other victims of enforced disappearances”, a statement issued by the Institute reads. (Original article in Spanish) https://bit.ly/2Mf9SFy

Africa: international crimes court

An article published by the Institute for Security Studies, an African non-profit organization, examines efforts to establish an international crimes court for Africa. This would be the world’s first regional court to address international crime, the article says. However, it notes that efforts to establish the court have stalled, and giving up on the initiative “would send a clear message that justice for victims of grave crimes is not a priority for African leaders”. http://bit.ly/33ywzKB

Canada: Students looking for shipwreck mass grave from 1873

Yahoo News Canada reports that a mass grave in Terence Bay, Nova Scotia, is being investigated by students using radar and electromagnetic induction instruments to discover its exact boundaries. The grave contains the remains of 277 people who died when a liner travelling from Liverpool to New York sank in 1873. https://yhoo.it/2OOWv0h

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.