Daily World News Digest, 19 July 2016

Organisations claim to open mass graves to identify 4,700 missing, 80 years after Spanish Civil War

Catalan News Agency, a daily from Spain, carried out a story yesterday about the organisations in Spain which are working to recover historic memory of the 4,700 disappeared during the Spanish Civil War. One of the priorities for the organizations is to reopen 373 mass graves in Catalonia and exhume the bodies, so that they can be properly buried. Another historical claim is to invalidate those martial-courts applied to the victims of Franco’s dictatorship’s reprisal. A bill was handled to the Catalan Parliament asking to “assume its historic responsibility” and nullify the trails carried out during Francoism.  http://bit.ly/29QEpCW

Global group of judges, lawyers to Duterte: Probe drug-related killings

Rappler, a daily from the Philippines, published yesterday that the International Commission of Jurists expressed concern over Philippines President Duterte’s statements ‘that appear to be encouraging extrajudicial killings’ of those involved in drugs. The commission urged the Duterte administration to prioritize the prosecution of those allegedly behind enforced disappearances in the country, in compliance with the country’s Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012.  The commission also welcomed the news that the Philippine government is already reviewing a draft act that will create the presidential task force on media killing. http://bit.ly/29IAeOz

Human Wrongs

The Kathmandu Post, a major daily newspaper published in Nepal, carried out a story today about the the failed transitional justice process in Nepal. The two-year mandate of the two transitional justice bodies, Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP), will expire in seven months. The two governments that the commissions have seen since their formation have done everything to handicap their work. The commissions opened the war-era complaint registration process three months ago, which came to a close on Sunday after having received over 55,000 applications. The Chairman of the TRC, Surya Kiran Gurung, is still confident about completing the work within the remaining time. http://bit.ly/29WScfa

Severe monsoon rains cause floods and landslides across India

The Watchers, a daily from the US, reported yesterday that heavy rains devastated several Indian provinces causing floods and landslides; and disrupting water and power supplies across the affected areas. 35 people died only in Madhya Pradesh, a state in Central India, while several others went missing.  More than 300 villages and 100,000 people are affected by severe weather conditions in Assam, the districts of Lakhimpur, Golaghat, and Morigaon being among the worst hit.  Severe infrastructural damage was reported, including damaged bridges, while 440 roads were blocked for traffic. The weather conditions are caused by a shift in the monsoon trough toward the Himalaya foothill which brought increasing rainfall the Indo-Gangetic plains, and enhanced monsoon activity. http://bit.ly/29Lf25Z

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.