Daily World News Digest 19 November 2019

Colombia: massacre victims identified

The Associated Press reports that individual burials witnessed by family members have taken place in the town of Bojaya in western Colombia after scientists used DNA to identify the remains of 79 victims of a 2002 massacre. The victims were initially buried in a mass grave. https://yhoo.it/35ebxSh

Malaysia: enforced disappearance

Norhayati Mohd Ariffin has sued the Malaysian government over the disappearance of her husband, activist Amri Che Mat, three years ago, Yahoo Singapore reports. Amri was 43 when he vanished on 24 November 2016 in Kangar, in the northwest state of Perlis. Norhayati has accused the police of failing to investigate the disappearance and the government of negligence. http://bit.ly/3324SsQ

Syria: mass grave found near Aleppo

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reports that Civil Defense workers have found a mass grave containing the remains of six persons in the town of Turkman Bareh about 40 kilometers north of Aleppo close to the border with Turkey. http://bit.ly/2r44oFq

Uruguay: government must maintain search for missing persons

Participants at a demonstration in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo have demanded that the government that comes into office following the second round of presidential elections on 24 November continues to search for the remains of people who were detained and are still missing from the 1973-85 dictatorship, HispanTV reports (original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2pv2ugA 

Gambia: enforced disappearance and extrajudicial killings

The allAfrica news portal reports that a pan-African human rights NGO, Gaye Sowe, intends to begin legal proceedings to secure justice in five cases of enforced disappearance and extrajudicial killings in The Gambia. https://bit.ly/341qVRX

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.