Daily World News Digest, 21 November 2016

Colombia has the highest number of missing persons in Latin America

Telesur carried an article yesterday about a report on enforced disappearances published by Colombia’s National Center for Historical Memory. According to the report, over the span of 45 years a stunning 60,630 people were forcibly disappeared in Colombia, dramatically outpacing figures from other countries in the region, exceeding even those that endured bloody military dictatorships. The 423-page report, entitled, “Until We Find Them,” is the product of a lengthy investigation involving interviews with experts, human rights defenders, and victims of enforced disappearance. The staggering figure, which accounts for the years 1970 to 2015, translates to three people disappeared per day. In the worst years, between 1996 and 2005, a person was disappeared every two-and-half hours in Colombia. http://bit.ly/2fTl8Fl                 

Majorca moves to return missing Spanish Civil War victims to families 

The Telegraph carried an article yesterday about the exhumation of the remains of victims executed by Nationalist forces during the Spanish Civil War and buried in unmarked mass graves. Now, 80 years after more than 1,700 summary executions were conducted on the Balearic island of Majorca, families of the forgotten are finally being allowed to bury their dead. In a churchyard in the small rural town of Porreres, those searching for their loved ones queued up to give DNA samples in the hope that one of the skeletons being painstakingly removed from the ground might belong to their family. http://bit.ly/2gdiaw7

Nepal: Justice still eludes conflict victims

The Himalayan Times reported on 19 November that ten years after the signing of the peace accord, successive Nepali governments have failed to deliver on their central human rights promises, according to Human Rights Watch. The international community, and particularly the UN, should press the government to fulfil its pledges as victims wait in vain for information about missing family members and accountability for crimes committed during the war, HRW said in a statement. The Comprehensive Peace Accord of 21 November 2006, brought an end to Nepal’s civil war, which began in 1996. The war claimed more than 13,000 lives. Both the Maoists and government forces committed serious human rights abuses, including enforced disappearances, torture, extra-judicial killings, and sexual violence. http://bit.ly/2fTnvYN

Iraqi forces uncover mass grave in push for Mosul

Al Manar TV from Lebanon published an article on 19 November about a mass grave discovered by Iraqi forces advancing on Mosul. A team of AFP journalists visited the site behind a small sand-covered hill outside the village of Tall adh Dhahab about 10 kilometers south of Mosul on Friday, the news agency said. Iraqi Lieutenant Yahya Jumma said locals believe that some 40 people may be buried at the site. http://bit.ly/2ffouRk

Respects Paid to Victims of Ovčara Massacre in Croatia

Total Croatia News reported yesterday that the Association of Children of Killed and Missing Croatian War Veterans participated in a remembrance ceremony at the mass grave at Ovčara near Vukovar, to honor 264 soldiers and civilians who were taken from Vukovar Hospital in 1991 and killed. At Ovčara, which is close to the largest execution site in Vukovar, 200 bodies have been exhumed; the remains of the remaining victims are still missing. http://bit.ly/2gu8JeA

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.