Daily World News Digest, 26 February 2018

More girls abducted in Nigeria

More than 100 girls remain unaccounted for following an attack on a school in the town of Dapchi in the north-eastern Nigerian state of Yobe by suspected members of Boko Haram, the country’s Information Ministry has said. Militants attacked the town last week, but the number of abductees was only confirmed by officials at the weekend. The students’ disappearance may be one of the largest such incidents since Boko Haram abducted more than 270 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in 2014. About 100 of the Chibok girls are still missing. http://ab.co/2GKxAnj

Slow progress on post-conflict justice in Nepal

Human rights groups in Nepal say political parties have deliberately held up investigations by the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Those who might be investigated include some party leaders and members of the security forces. Campaigners want Nepal to amend its legislation to empower the commissions to refer prosecutions to the courts. Yet despite repeated Supreme Court rulings ordering that laws governing the commissions be amended in accordance with international standards, no action has been taken. http://reut.rs/2ET65f1

Sri Lanka: effective investigation of mass graves

An in-depth article published in the Sri Lanka Guardian examines the country’s massive legacy of enforced disappearances. The article notes that “accidental uncovering of gravesites has become more common”. It cites a report submitted to the President in September 1997, which “implicated hundreds of officers in respect of 3,861 cases” associated with 1988-89 uprising in the south of the country. “There are tens of thousands of cases yet to be investigated. The implicated officers have not been prosecuted. The Reports have served merely as a statistical analysis of the disappeared, without providing recommendations that that would serve justice to the victims.” Other official inquiries, it says, have lacked popular credibility. http://bit.ly/2FyogUw

Guatemala: lessons of the armed conflict

Five new mini lessons on dealing with the legacy of conflict have been made available to middle schools and high schools in Guatemala. The 30-minute lessons were created by the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala in collaboration with the International Institute of Learning for Social Reconciliation and individual teachers from the public and private sector. The lessons cover “Children and their rights during the Armed Conflict”, “Forced displacement” “The consequences of fear and silence”, “The mechanisms of violence used during the Armed Conflict”, and “What did we learn from the war?” http://bit.ly/2EWopQn

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.