Daily World News Digest, 23 January 2017

Mexico identifies human remains from mass grave

VOA news reports today that fifty-six sets of human remains have been identified one year after a mass grave was discovered in Mexico’s northern border state of Nuevo Leon. Twenty-four sets of remains were identified through DNA testing and matched existing profiles belonging to people who had been reported missing since 2010. The DNA profiles of 32 other people were found in the bones, but they could not immediately be matched to anyone. Authorities are delivering the identified remains to families and are working on identifying the others from dental and bone fragments in the grave. http://bit.ly/2jPlhy9

New prison in South Sinai for political prisoners

Daily News Egypt reported yesterday that Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Gaffar decided on Saturday to establish a central prison in the city of El Tur, the capital of the South Sinai governorate. According to a report issued by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) in September, there were 504 detention centers in Egypt, and the number of prisoners in Egypt by mid-August 2016 reached around 106,000 prisoners, including 60,000 political prisoners. In 2015 alone, 28 people died due to poor living standards and health conditions while in detention, according to the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms. The commission and other non-governmental organizations have reported that there were approximately 1,500 cases of enforced disappearance in 2015. http://bit.ly/2j3X5UC

Another mass grave discovered in Iraq

 News.com.au reported yesterday that the bodies of 89 people have been found in a mass grave in Iraq. Officials say the grave was found on Saturday in the grounds of a presidential palace complex in the city of Tikrit, which was recaptured from IS in March 2015. The bodies were thought to belong to soldiers who were captured while fleeing a nearby military base during the mid-2014 offensive in which Islamic State captured much of Sunni-populated northern and western Iraq. http://bit.ly/2k7jH8y

Group calls for release of Nigerian Shiite leader

 The Guardian reported yesterday that members of the Islamic Movement Nigeria (IMN) yesterday called for the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife from detention in line with the ruling of the Federal High Court, Abuja. IMN Spokesperson Mallam Ibrahim Musa dismissed claims by Nigeria’s Presidenecy that it knows “next to nothing” about the illegal detention of the Sheikh and his wife. http://bit.ly/2j45Wpc

ICMP’s work in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The BBC reported yesterday on ICMP’s continuing work to identify victims of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Eight thousand people reported missing have yet to be found – while the remains of 3,000 people exhumed from mass graves still have not been identified. Somewhere between the two figures is the potential to bring solace to thousands of families. http://bbc.in/2j477oL

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.