Daily World News Digest, 17 November 2017

More suspected mass graves discovered in Indonesia

The 1965 Murder Victims Research Foundation, an organization representing victims of the mass killings of 1965-66 in Indonesia, says it has located 16 suspected mass graves in central Java that may contain the remains of up to 5,000 victims. Over several months in 1965-66, at least 500,000 people – possibly as many as one million – were killed in anti-communist violence. In May 2016, the Indonesian government announced that it would form a team to investigate a list of 122 alleged mass grave sites from this period compiled by victims’ advocacy groups; so far it has failed to do so. http://bit.ly/2hGdIuS

Iraq police report discovery of new mass grave

Iraqi police say they have found a grave containing the remains of some 20 bodies in the town of Shirqat in north central Iraq, which was recently a Da’esh stronghold. The remains were found by the Popular Mobilization Force accompanied by a police intelligence officer. http://bit.ly/2jA3AEl

UN rebukes Myanmar rights violations against Rohingya

UN member states have called for an end to the military operations by Myanmar that have led to “the systematic violation and abuse of human rights” against the country’s Rohingya Muslim community, in a resolution that also urged accountability for the perpetrators. The UN members called on Myanmar to grant full citizenship to the Rohingya, who are legally unrecognized by the government. The resolution also asks Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to appoint a special envoy on Myanmar. Myanmar’s ambassador to the UN Hau Do Suan rejected the document as an attempt to politicize the situation. http://s.nikkei.com/2hG59jV

FARC denounces Colombian Court’s changes to peace accord

The former guerrilla group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has welcomed the approval by the Constitutional Court of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), but has warned that certain amendments risk endangering the peace process. Among these changes are that the participation of former FARC members will be conditional. http://bit.ly/2zOskNv

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.