Daily World News Digest, 16 April 2018

Iraq: 1,000 bodies buried in Mosul mass grave

Authorities in Mosul in northern Iraq have buried more than 1,000 bodies in a mass grave in a desert valley outside the city, most of them believed to be members of Da’esh, according to a provincial official. More remains are being dug out of the rubble of the district where Da’esh made its final stand last year. https://abcn.ws/2JMn01A

Rwanda: more than 150 genocide victims buried

Thousands of mourners gathered on Sunday at Ruhanga in western Rwanda to accord a decent burial to 157 Genocide victims recovered recently. “It was always a challenge that our people could not get a decent burial” said Gerard Mudahemuka, whose parents and relatives were victims. He commended the government and other partners for continuing efforts to encourage members of the public to reveal the whereabouts of victims so that they can be laid to rest. https://bit.ly/2qzsnIP

Philippines: 11th anniversary of enforced disappearance

Families, friends and colleagues of activists Maria Luis Posa-Dominado and Nilo Arado have marked the 11th anniversary of their abduction in order to express their solidarity with their families and those of other victims of enforced disappearance. The two activists were abducted by armed men on the night of 12 April 2007. https://bit.ly/2J0LdjJ

Pakistan: status of missing persons cases to be reviewed

The National Assembly Stan­ding Committee on Human Rights will review the performance of the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (CIED) on Monday amid reports that the government plans to remove the Commission’s president, retired Justice Javed Iqbal. According to the latest report of the commission, out of the 4,929 cases of missing persons received till February, 3,219 have been disposed of while action on the rest is in progress. https://bit.ly/2viUFfZ

UK: mass grave from battle in 1746 may have been found The mass grave of Highlanders killed after the Battle of Culloden may have been discovered by ground penetrating radar more than 270 years after the battle. Sixteen Jacobite officers found hiding in the dungeon at Culloden House, near Inverness, were reported to have been taken outside by government troops, shot and buried by the “Bargas Tree” in the grounds, but their remains were never found. https://dailym.ai/2EOT55a

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.