Daily World News Digest, 25 January 2017

France to help Colombia in search for the missing

Prensa Latina reports today that the High Commissioner for Peace in Colombia, Sergio Jaramillo, has stressed that French help in the post-conflict period will have among its priorities the search for missing persons. He was speaking during a visit to Colombia by French President Francois Hollande. The conflict in Colombia has killed about 300,000 people, almost seven million have been displaced from their homes and at least 60,000 are missing. http://bit.ly/2jQjZk9

Filipinos killed in drug war crammed into mass graves

The Daily Mail reported yesterday that hundreds of dead bodies lie unclaimed in mortuaries in Manila as a result of the drug war. Horrifying photos taken inside the capital’s makeshift morgue show workers and their children living among the dead and cramming bodies into mass graves as the city fails to cope with the number of victims of extrajudicial killings, the report says. More than 6,000 people have been killed during the drug war since it started last July. http://dailym.ai/2k2gh9I

EU seeks El-Zakzaky’s unconditional release

The Nation, an online newspaper from Nigeria, reports today that European Union Heads of Mission have condemned the continued detention of Shi’ite leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, despite court orders. In a statement issued in Abuja, EU representatives urged the Federal Government to ensure that El-Zakzaky is released in accordance with the ruling of the court or is charged formally. The statement reads: “The EU Heads of Mission note that the decision of a Federal High Court, ordering Mr. Ibrahim El-Zakzaky’s release from custody of the State Security Service (SSS) has not been enforced.” In the statement, the EU underlined the universality of fundamental human rights, which includes the right to a fair trial and freedom from arbitrary detention. http://bit.ly/2j3U1wE

Italy spends enormous sums on judicial errors and illegal detentions

West, a news portal from Brussels, reported yesterday that from 1992 until today, Italy has spent over 648 million Euros on illegal detentions and 43 million Euros on judicial errors. This refers to the cost of compensation for people who have been wrongly imprisoned for whatever reason.  Cases of illegal detention have cost Italy as much as 30 million Euros in 2016. http://bit.ly/2j3Pc6s

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.