Daily World News Digest, 21 May 2018

Spain: remains of Franco-era victims handed to families

The remains of 22 people killed in the months following Spain’s 1936-39 civil war were handed over to relatives in a ceremony in Guadalajara on Saturday after investigations into a suspected mass grave unearthed the victims. The gravesites of many killed across the country are still unknown, though the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory has documented 114,226 cases of men and women buried in mass graves around Spain. https://reut.rs/2kaIR7h

Burkina Faso: counterterrorism and extrajudicial killings

Armed Islamist groups in Burkina Faso have “executed suspected government collaborators, intimidated teachers and spread fear among civilians throughout the country”, Human Rights Watch said in a report “By Day We Fear the Army, By Night the Jihadists” released today. The report says that counterterrorism operations by security forces in 2017 and 2018 resulted in extrajudicial killings, abuse of suspects in custody and arbitrary arrests. https://bit.ly/2IxRBTM

Pakistan: protest against enforced disappearances broken up

Security personnel are reported to have attacked a protest camp organized by families and relatives of missing persons on Sunday evening in Karachi. The camp had been set up at the initiative of the Voice for Missing Persons of Sindh. https://bit.ly/2kbbkdd

Myanmar police officer testifies in support of reporters

A Myanmar police officer testified on Friday that he and several colleagues were ordered to entrap two reporters working for the Reuters news agency. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been detained since 12 December. They were covering the crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine state where a military operation last year drove about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to neighboring Bangladesh. https://bit.ly/2x06TuT

Mosul: the search for human remains continues

Some 10 months after dislodging Dae’sh fro Mosul, bodies are still being recovered from the ruins of the Old City. Since Mosul was retaken in July, “2,838 bodies, including 600 IS members, have been retrieved from the rubble,” according to a senior official. https://bit.ly/2x08Asf

Strong support for Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus

UN and US officials have expressed strong support for the work carried out by the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) following meetings on Saturday at which CMP staff briefed international officials on advanced genetic analysis, training in investigation techniques, aerial imagery and information management. https://bit.ly/2kaP9Up

 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.