Daily World News Digest, 25 October 2017

ICMP opens HQ and Lab in The Hague

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) on Tuesday opened a state-of-the-art DNA laboratory at its new headquarters in The Hague. Over the course of two decades, ICMP has responded to a wide variety of complex missing persons scenarios in over 40 countries. With the new laboratory, ICMP aspires to maintain a capacity of up to 10,000 cases a year. http://reut.rs/2ix1Efz

Bodies found in Syria town held by Da’esh

The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) reports that 128 bodies have been found in the town of Qaryatayn, after Syrian regime forces recaptured areas of Homs province from Da’esh fighters. Over a period of 20 days, Da’esh executed at least 116 civilians, accusing them of collaboration with regime forces, according to the SOHR. http://bit.ly/2yMXFRI

New mass grave near Mosul

Iraqi troops have found a mass grave south of Mosul containing the remains of 170 people, a security source said. Preliminary results show that most of the victims were men, who were shot and who were likely killed more than a year ago. http://bit.ly/2yN0pi9

Iraq: taxi driver still missing after 2008 abduction by US forces

Alkarama and Al Wissam Humanitarian Assembly have sent an urgent appeal to the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) regarding the case of a 34-year-old taxi driver who has been missing since his abduction by US forces in Iraq in September 2008. Taxi driver Barzan Al-Bu Aswad was stopped by US forces and arrested together with his two passengers. His family learned that he had been transferred to the Speicher Base in Tikrit. Since jis arest, his relatives have not received any information on his fate and whereabouts. http://bit.ly/2iABPLL

Philippines: farmers protest killings, landlessness

Thousands of farmers and people from rural areas in the Philippines have gathered in Metro Manila to protest against killings of farmers and activists and to urge the government to distribute land under its agrarian reform program. The main objective of the protest is to hold President Rodrigo Duterte accountable for the deaths of farmers and to demand justice, one of the organizers said. Since September, rights groups have documented 98 victims of political killing, of whom 91 were farmers or rural activists. http://bit.ly/2xm5bzE

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.