Daily World News Digest, 25 November 2016

Jamaica: “Illegal police tactics fuel scores of murders and sow culture of fear”

Amnesty International published a report on 23 November which finds that Jamaican authorities and local police are promoting a culture of fear among women and their families in marginalized communities to cover up thousands of alleged unlawful police killings amid systematic injustice. “Jamaica’s shocking culture of fear and violence is allowing police officers to get away with hundreds of unlawful killings every year. Shocking injustice is the norm,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International. http://bit.ly/2gmBkhO

More bodies found in Mexico mass graves

The Telegraph reports today that Mexican authorities have exhumed 32 bodies and nine heads from several clandestine graves in Mexico’s violence-plagued southern state of Guerrero this week. The remains were unearthed between Tuesday and Thursday in 17 pits on a hill in the village of Pochahuixco, part of the municipality of Zitala, a region beset by turf wars between drug cartels. The remains were taken to the state capital, Chilpancingo, to be identified. The bodies were found in 17 of 20 pits that were dug up by investigators. No other remains were found but soldiers are scouring the region for other hidden graves. http://bit.ly/2fxsFvy

Attack claimed by Islamic State kills scores of Shiite pilgrims in Iraq

The Washington Post reported yesterday that at least 70 people were killed on Thursday, most of them Shiite Muslim pilgrims from Iran, when an explosive-laden tanker truck detonated at a gas station south of Baghdad in an attack claimed by the so-called Islamic State, according to Iraqi officials. The attack came as Iraqi forces battle for control of the city of Mosul, in northern Iraq. This and other attacks have added to a staggering civilian toll during the battle for Mosul, which began in mid-October. As Islamic State has retreated from villages on the city’s outskirts, officials have discovered several mass graves containing hundreds of bodies. http://wapo.st/2fsVfL1

Caravan of Mothers of Missing Migrants Arrives in Mexico City

Telesur reported yesterday on the “Caravan of Central American Mothers of Missing Migrants”, which seeks to raise awareness about the plight of thousands of missing migrants. After traveling through Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and parts of southern Mexico, the 12th Caravan of Mothers of Missing Migrants arrived in Mexico City. The initiative highlights the fate of thousands of Central American migrants who have gone missing in their journey towards Mexico and the U.S. In Mexico City, the group plans to lobby government officials and meet with other migrant solidarity and community groups, including the presentation of a new documentary A Mi No Va A Pasar (It’s Not Going To Happen To Me). http://bit.ly/2fxyCsd

Investigating Immigrants’ ID in Texas

RGVProud, a US TV station, carried a report yesterday on the identification of immigrants who died in Brooks County, Texas, as they crossed into the United States illegally. This year, more than 50 bodies have been found in the county. They have been buried at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, where soon they’ll be exhumed by staff from Texas State University, who will try to identify them. Inside Freeman Ranch in San Marcos stands a laboratory that’s housing nearly 200 remains of migrants who died after crossing in to the United States illegally. These bodies were exhumed in 2013 almost 200 miles south of the lab, as part of a service project known as “Operation Identification”. They were brought all the way here for identification since they were buried without any DNA samples taken from them or proper autopsies. http://bit.ly/2gmAvpn

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.