Daily World News Digest, 16 December 2015

Accord on victims seeks to heal wounds of Colombia’s endless war

The Latin American Herald Tribune reported today that the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas have signed an agreement on reparations for more than 6 million victims of the five-decade long conflict. There will be “the most extensive possible” amnesty for political wrongs, but crimes against humanity, whether committed by guerrillas or government agents, will not go unpunished. The conflict in Colombia has left 5.7 million displaced persons, 220,000 slain, 25,000 missing and 27,000 kidnapped, according to figures of the Historical Memory Center in Bogota. http://bit.ly/1P6urO1

Asia’s human rights activists condemn brutal past and present, call for brighter future

Jakarta Globe carried a story on 15 December on a two-day “Torture and Violence in Asia” workshop in Indonesia, hosted by activist organizations to highlight human rights violations across Asia. Recipients of the Gwangju Human Rights award were joined by human rights organizations and families of the disappeared. Scores of Indonesia’s human rights abuse cases have yet to be investigated, including the 1965/66 anti-communist massacres, and the disappearance of dozens of human rights activists, the report said. According to data from the Asian Federation against Disappearances (AFAD), around 60 percent of the world’s enforced disappearances occur in Asia, with Pakistan and Sri Lanka topping the list with thousands of citizens missing.  http://bit.ly/1m6w1FA

Mexico: 19 corpses, some mutilated, discovered in Guerrero State

Telesur news portal reported on 15 December that Mexican authorities have announced they have uncovered at least 19 corpses in an isolated region of the violence plagued state of Guerrero. Many of the remains were incomplete or mutilated. “So far there are nine complete bodies, eight half-burned, and the rest a variety of bones,” a law enforcement source told Reuters. Authorities say the bodies could be over a year and a half old, but are not believed to be linked to the high-profile Ayotzinapa case. http://bit.ly/1QoUvaA

Nagorny Karabakh conflict: ICRC submits updated list of missing persons

ICRC issued a press release on 15 December saying that more than 20 years after the ceasefire agreement, families still do not know what happened to relatives who went missing during the Nagorny Karabakh conflict. As part of efforts to find answers, the ICRC has handed the parties to the conflict an updated list containing the names of 4,496 people registered as missing by its delegations in Azerbaijan and Armenia and its mission in Nagorny Karabakh. The previous edition of the list dates from 2004, and since then the ICRC has worked closely with the Commissions on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing People and with families of missing persons, registering and following up the cases of people who disappeared during the armed conflict. http://bit.ly/1Utu2qS

Syria: Mother and her six children missing since 2013

ANSAmed reported on 15 December saying on the case of a Damascus dentist and her six children abducted by security forces in March 2013. It says the case is the first in which a woman and her children were taken away and adds that a worldwide human rights campaign ‘’Write for rights’’, launched on 5 December by Amnesty International, is fighting for the release of people who have been imprisoned or are on trial, victims of torture or disappearances or at risk of becoming ”child brides”. http://bit.ly/1P6vHAA

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.