Daily World News Digest, 22 November 2016

Islamic Movement in Nigeria calls for bodies to be removed from mass graves

The Daily Trust, a newspaper from Nigeria, reports today that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) yesterday called for the release of the bodies of IMN members allegedly buried in mass graves in Kano and Kaduna. The head of Martyr Foundation of the IMN, Sheikh Abdulhamid Bello, made the call during a press briefing in Kano, charging that unknown numbers of the movement’s members have been murdered, and that those killed in Kano and Kaduna were buried in mass graves. http://bit.ly/2gcS0ff

Tunisia tribunal seeks to heal wounds of the past

The Daily Mail reported yesterday that in a series of heartrending televised hearings, a tribunal in Tunisia has begun the long process of healing the wounds of six decades of dictatorship. Harrowing descriptions of torture and rape moved many to tears during the first sittings of the Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) broadcast Thursday and Friday. “They have been probably the most successful first public hearings in recent history,” said Refik Hodzic of the International Center for Transitional Justice. Hodzic said a public debate is needed to prevent history from repeating itself. “Transitional justice is not about revenge… It is actually about changing how the country sees its values,” he said. “How was it possible that at one point in our history, we normalized enforced disappearances (and) police torture? How is it possible that we allowed this to happen?” http://dailym.ai/2fkiDdE

Texas doctor seeks closure for migrants who die crossing the border    

The Washington Post published a report on 19 November about the identification of deceased migrants from Mexico at the Texas border. It describes the case of a deceased migrant without any ID or fingerprint match, whose DNA had been sent for testing. Immediately before this case, another migrant was quickly identified: a 41-year-old from Mexico whose family was working with the consulate to bring home his remains. The remains go to the county medical examiner’s office, where fingerprints, DNA testing and other techniques are used to identify the border crosser. http://wapo.st/2gh6hoO

Colombia congress to debate proposed peace deal

Jurist.org reported on 20 November on Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’ announcement on Friday that congress will debate the proposed peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) before it becomes law. Santos said the debate in congress would occur on Wednesday. He later linked to an op-ed, which argues that the congressional debate is the best way to implement the peace deal. http://bit.ly/2f1vqXm

Prehistoric teeth track ancient humans

Laboratory Equipment carried an article yesterday about University of Florida doctoral student Ashley Sharpe, who created a map for determining the birthplace of ancient people and animals in Central America using a method known for helping forensic scientists solve cold cases. Archaeologists will use the map to match lead found in bedrock from specific locations to a curious source: millennia-old teeth. UF forensic anthropologists are using lead analysis to trace the birthplace of unidentified homicide victims, which can help police investigators narrow their search for missing persons to a particular state, country or region. Other archaeologists at UF have included lead analysis in research used to track ancient humans from the Indus Valley Civilization. http://bit.ly/2gcUTwp

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.