Daily World News Digest, 17 April 2018

Mexico: the mothers who search for mass graves

National Public Radio from the US has broadcast a half-hour documentary on the steps taken by mothers in Mexico to locate and identify their children, including the testimony of Lucy Díaz Genao, whose son disappeared in 2013 in the state of Veracruz. Genao and 150 other mothers of the Solecito group began excavating a barren field, where they found the largest mass grave in Mexican history. https://bit.ly/2J38qkW

Pakistan: former military ruler “handed over as many as 4,000” people to foreign countries

The former military ruler of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, secretly handed over as many as 4,000 Pakistanis to foreign countries, mainly to the US, Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances head Justice Javed Iqbal said on Monday. In a briefing to the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Human Rights, Justice Iqbal, who is also chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), said that former Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao was part of the “secret handover”. https://bit.ly/2qF5Kn1

Tibetan woman disappears after arrest

Lhamo Dolkar, a 60-Year-Old Tibetan woman, disappeared during a religious pilgrimage to Lhasa after being arrested early in April 2018, according to Tibetan sources. Six years ago, she visited a political prisoner in jail, the sources said. https://bit.ly/2J01gOC

Nigerian police open fire to disperse protesters

Nigerian police fired bullets and tear gas in Abuja on Monday to disperse Shi’ite Muslim protesters who were demanding that their leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky, be released from government custody. A judicial inquiry concluded that during disturbances following Zakzaky’s arrest in December 2015, 347 members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria were killed in the city of Zaria in northern Nigeria. Soldiers are believed to have buried the bodies in mass graves following the “Zaria massacre”. https://reut.rs/2HycufY

Genocide survivor speaks

A Tutsi survivor of genocide from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rose Mapendo, took part on Saturday in the dedication of a permanent art installation of the One Million Bones project in Silver City, New Mexico. Participants walked to a symbolic mass grave, where they engaged in a symbolic gesture of laying bones to rest. https://bit.ly/2HF3V0L

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.