Daily World News Digest, 22 April 2016

Iraq identifies 6 victims from mass graves in IS-free Ramadi

ABC News reported on 21 April that six bodies have been identified so far from two mass graves unearthed this week in the western city of Ramadi, officials said Thursday. Arrested Islamic State militants had led authorities on Tuesday to the mass graves inside the city’s soccer stadium, believed to contain up to 40 bodies. The city’s mayor, Ibrahim al-Osag, said the bodies, and those of some two dozen other people were reburied after DNA samples were taken. Councilman Athal al-Fahdawi said 32 bodies have been exhumed so far, and authorities are waiting for more forensic teams to come to Ramadi. http://abcn.ws/1Sd7aNl

Nigeria: Military cover-upat Zaria

Amnesty International issued a statement today saying that mass slaughter of hundreds of men, women and children by soldiers in Zaria and the attempted cover-up of this crime demonstrates contempt for human life and accountability. The report, “Unearthing the truth: Unlawful killings and mass cover-up in Zaria”, contains eyewitness testimony of large-scale unlawful killings. Amnesty International identified and visited the location of a possible mass grave near Mando based on satellite images that showed disturbed earth spanning an area of approximately 1,000 square meters. Four months after the massacre the families of the missing are still awaiting news of their loved ones. http://bit.ly/1VFYq5j

UK to accept thousands of child refugees

The BBC carried a story on 21 April saying that the UK will take in up to 3,000 refugees, mostly vulnerable children, from the Syria region by 2020. The government called the move the “largest resettlement program for children in the world”. It is in addition to UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s pledge to take 20,000 refugees by 2020.  The government scheme will target unaccompanied children in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as those considered at risk of abuse and exploitation, such as children threatened with child labor and child marriage. Yvette Cooper, chairwoman of Labor’s Refugee Taskforce, said the resettlement would not help to 10,000 children who have disappeared in the crisis, many trafficked into prostitution and modern slavery. http://bbc.in/1SzIxwg

Egypt: Children reported tortured, ‘disappeared’

Human Rights Watch issued a statement on 21 April saying that Egyptian security forces allegedly tortured a group of 20 people, eight of them children, in February 2016, after an arrest sweep in Alexandria. Relatives and lawyers said the authorities refused to acknowledge holding them or to tell their families their whereabouts for more than a week and tortured them to make them confess to crimes or provide the names of other suspects. “Some Egyptian officials have disappeared children and apparently tortured them, then faked arrest records to cover it up,” said Zama Coursen-Neff, children’s rights director at Human Rights Watch. http://bit.ly/1VoTUb7

Argentine experts publish report on key aspect of Mexico’s missing 43 probe

Fox News Latino reported on 21 April that a group of Argentine forensic experts have published the full results of their probe of evidence found at a waste dump in the southern Mexican town of Cocula. The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, or EAAF, said that the publication of the complete 300-page report was aimed at “generating a scientific and informed debate.” The EAAF report maintains that there is no evidence that the bodies of the 43 students were burned at the Cocula dump. The group of 26 experts from Argentina, Mexico, the United States, Colombia, Uruguay and Canada also said of human remains found at the waste dump that there was no scientific or testimonial evidence linking them to the missing students. http://bit.ly/1MMe3F4

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.