Daily World News Digest, 19 October 2018

UN warns against “new practice of extraterritorial abduction”

The Daily Star newspaper from Bangladesh reports on an address to the UN General Assembly by Bernard Duhaime, Chair of the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances, in which he warns of “a new and very worrying practice of extraterritorial abductions by states”. The Working Group will submit an in-depth study to the UN Human Rights Council on the practical implementation of the obligation to investigate enforced disappearances. https://bit.ly/2J8GoWs

Myanmar: disappeared villages in Rakhine state

More than a year after a massacre in the village of Inn Din in the north of Myanmar’s Rakhine province, “there were no specific signs of the outburst of sudden, gruesome violence that killed 10 Rohingya Muslims, and no trace of the mass grave in which they were buried,” the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports. https://bit.ly/2P8ZhhA

Remains recovered from Sri Lanka’s largest mass grave will be taken to the USA

According to Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS), human remains recovered from Sri Lanka’s largest mass grave will be taken to the US to determine their time of burial. A court authorized the lead forensic expert investigating the Mannar SATHOSA mass grave to be accompanied by a human rights lawyer to the laboratory in Florida with bone samples for carbon dating. So far, 185 bodies with at least 15 children have been unearthed from the site. https://bit.ly/2PbEJF8

Extrajudicial killings in Nicaragua

Amnesty International said on Thursday that, during a government crackdown on protests against President Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua, it had documented at least six “possible extrajudicial executions”, Reuters reports. Amnesty also documented 12 cases of torture, claiming pro-government armed groups used “military-grade lethal weapons.” https://reut.rs/2q2KbMh

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.