Daily World News Digest, 23 April 2018

The desperate search for Lebanon’s mass graves

A neighborhood in east Beirut is one of well over 100 locations scattered throughout Lebanon believed by researchers to be mass graves, a grim legacy of the 15-year war that left between 100,000 and 200,000 people dead and thousands more missing. https://theatln.tc/2F97k54

Spain to begin civil war exhumations at Valley of the Fallen

A team of structural engineers were to enter the basilica of the Valley of the Fallen, a mausoleum 40 miles outside Madrid, on Monday to search for the remains of four of the 34,000 civil war dead who have lain next to the body of Francisco Franco for more than half a century, unnamed but not forgotten. https://bit.ly/2qXLTPt

Syria: 50 bodies of fighters and civilians recovered from Raqqa mass grave

Dozens of bodies, including those of fighters and civilians, have been found in a mass grave in the former Da’esh group stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, a local official said on Saturday. Nearly 50 bodies had already been recovered from the mass grave, which could contain up to 200 bodies, Abdallah al-Eriane, a senior official with Raqqa Civil Council said. https://bit.ly/2HRJBJs

Libya: 11 migrants dead, 263 rescued off coast

At least 11 migrants died at sea and another 263 were rescued on Sunday in two separate operations off the coast of Libya, navy spokesman General Ayoub Kacem told AFP said. The migrants, of different African nationalities, “were aboard two inflatable boats when they were intercepted and then brought back to the port of Tripoli”, he said. https://bit.ly/2HTg16h

US reports “limited progress” in probes into alleged Saint Lucia extrajudicial killings

The US State Department has reported limited progress in the investigations into multiple killings during 2010 and 2011 that were allegedly committed by officers of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF). In its recently released 2017 human rights report on Saint Lucia, the State Department noted that the Caribbean Community’s Implementing Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) had concluded an investigation into the killings in 2014. However, the publication observed that the IMPACS report was not released publicly. https://bit.ly/2HR9J7e

Pakistan: call for Commission to investigate extrajudicial killings

At a public meeting on Sunday at Mochi Gate in Punjab province, there were calls for the formation of a truth and reconciliation commission to examine cases of extrajudicial killings and missing persons. The leader of a Pashtun organization called for justice “for martyred students” and the annulment of police measures against Pashtun students in Lahore. https://bit.ly/2qQlfZh

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.