Daily World News Digest, 22 November 2018

Largest mass grave found in Sri Lanka

A mass grave found earlier this year in Mannar, in the north of Sri Lanka, is the country’s largest ever excavated, with more than 230 skeletons, the BBC reports. The Sri Lankan government earlier this year established an Office of the Missing Persons to investigate disappearances. Human rights groups say at least 20,000 people disappeared during Sri Lanka’s long civil war, which ended in 2009. https://bbc.in/2zovo3G

UN: enforced disappearances continuing in Burundi

UN Special Envoy Michel Kafando has told the Security Council that “violations of human rights and other abuses, such as arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, and other acts of intimidation, persist, as do hate speech, especially against opposition actors” are a continuing occurrence in Burundi, UN News reports https://bit.ly/2OWJ5f2

Extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

The Commission on Human Rights in the Calabarzon region in southern Luzon, the Philippines, has investigated at least 97 percent of 183 drug-related deaths that occurred in police operations in the region since January, the Inquirer newspaper reports. A police spokesperson said there were “several avenues” to investigate suspected extrajudicial killings where policemen were allegedly involved. https://bit.ly/2FNyxjt

Cyprus: remains of missing person located

The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus has located the remains of one individual in a well at Sinda/İnönü in the north of the island, the Cyprus Mail reports. The CMP extended its sympathy to the families of missing persons and made a new plea to the people of the island to support its efforts by calling and providing information on possible burial sites. https://bit.ly/2R47W2z

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.