Daily World News Digest, 22 October 2018

Spain: Franco’s victims speak out

The Guardian reports on a national debate over “stolen babies, torture, mass graves,” which it says is the legacy of the “Pact of Silence” that accompanied the transition from dictatorship to democracy in Spain. Interviewing survivors of the disappeared it says that “Spain’s historic scandals have been hidden by decades of ‘national amnesia’.” https://bit.ly/2yr1FXz

Wim Kok, former Dutch Prime Minister dies at 80

Wim Kok, the former prime minister of the Netherlands died on Saturday in Amsterdam, the New York Times reports. After he and his cabinet stood down in 2002, Mr. Kok became a Commissioner of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), and worked right up until his death on issues related to accounting for the missing, first in the former Yugoslavia and then throughout the world.  https://nyti.ms/2EDqi8M

Mosul: “hundreds of bodies recovered in 2018”

From the beginning of 2018 until mid of October, more than 4,000 bodies have been recovered from the ruins of Mosul, according to the KirkukNow news portal. It quotes a member of Iraq’s High Commission for Human Rights, who said 2,665 of the recovered bodies have been identified. The same official noted that there is “an urgent need to excavate the mass graves that are located in Nineveh Province.” (Original article in Arabic) https://bit.ly/2yrWhDA

Ex-Interpol Chief suspected dead

The wife of former Interpol President Meng Hongwei, said that she has not heard from the Chinese government regarding the status of her husband and fears he might already be dead, Time Magazine reports. Meng Hongwei, who is also the vice minister of public security in China, “is suspected of violating the law and is currently under the supervision of the State Supervision Commission,” according to a government announcement. https://ti.me/2AmdJdX

Call for UN to investigate disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

Several of the largest human rights organizations in the world, including Amnesty International, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders, are calling for a UN investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, ABC11 Eyewitness News from the US reports. Saudi Arabia initially denied any involvement in the journalist’s disappearance, before announcing the findings of the investigation Friday. https://abc11.tv/2PUs2vq

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.