Daily World News Digest, 16 October 2018

Accounting for the missing in Indonesia

The New York Times reports that two weeks after the earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, the Indonesian government has ended the formal search for remains. It notes that weeks in the tropical heat have raised concerns about the health of rescue workers, but the decision is “hard news for mothers, fathers, daughters, grandparents who gather at the edge of the destruction each day, searching for the bodies of loved ones.” https://nyti.ms/2pU6LXx

Enforced disappearances in India

An opinion piece in the Counterview portal highlights the fact that India has not defined enforced disappearance as a criminal offence in its penal code and as a result, families of the disappeared file complaints under broader legal provisions. The piece calls for the appointment of a commission to investigate enforced disappearances in line with international standards. https://bit.ly/2Cie82s

Iraq: new Yezidi mass grave

A mass grave in the village of Kasr Mihrab near Tal Afar in Northern Iraq has been found containing the bodies of 18 people believed to be Yezidis, Rudaw reports. Eight of the bodies have been exhumed in cooperation with an Iraqi government team. https://bit.ly/2RPJtii

Iraq: Bodies of 51 Da’esh members found in mass grave

Iraqi News reports that the bodies of 51 Da’esh members have been found in a mass grave near a military base in Qayyarah region, south of Mosul. https://bit.ly/2RSr7Ny

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.