Daily World News Digest, 26 March 2019

Zimbabwe CSOs call for missing persons database

Civil society organizations in Zimbabwe have urged the government to establish a missing persons database, specifically to gather information on victims of the 1980s anti-opposition “Gukurahundi”. Dumisani Nkomo, director of the Habakkuk Trust, a Christian organization based in Bulawayo, said a database could bring closure to victims’ families. “The Gukurahundi issue must be talked about in public,” he said, noting that this point was recently made by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Nkomo said such a database could be used by survivors in terms of economic benefits for dependents of those who disappeared or who were killed. “There is need to put names to those faces of people who died.” https://bit.ly/2UfjvZu

Mexican government reopens search for 1970s victim

Mexican authorities have reopened the search for Rosendo Radilla, an activist who went missing in 1974 during the “Dirty War” in the state of Guerrero, the Reforma newspaper reports. Approximately half-dozen excavations have been conducted at former army bases in an effort to find Radilla. (original article in Spanish) https://bit.ly/2CDK6Wp

Tunisia: Truth Commission could bring justice for thousands of victims

Amnesty International has urged the authorities in Tunisia to act on the recommendations of the country’s Truth and Dignity Commission Report, which it says, “can ensure justice for thousands of human rights victims”. The Commission investigated more than 62,000 human rights violation cases, including enforced disappearances, torture and extrajudicial executions during the 2010-2011 uprising. https://bit.ly/2UZ6iBi

Argentina: campaign to identify 600 bodies of missing people from the military dictatorship begins

The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) has launched a campaign to identify hundreds of bodies of missing persons from the 1974-1983 period, Diario Cronica reports. The campaign encourages family members to submit blood samples to a genetic database. Since 1984, the EEAF has recovered more than 1,400 bodies and made more than 700 identifications. (original article in Spanish) https://bit.ly/2Tvwimp

Syria: new mass grave found

Citing the Yezidi Home NGO, Ezidi 24 reports that Syrian Democratic Forces have found a Yezidi mass grave in Baghouz in eastern Syria. Da’esh is reported to have executed 200 Yezidis in Baghouz, and the mass grave may contain many of those victims. (original article in Arabic) https://bit.ly/2uygAwt

Amnesty warns of further bloodshed in Yemen

Amnesty International marked the fourth anniversary of the start of the conflict in Yemen by highlighting human rights violations that it says have been perpetrated by all the parties to the conflict, including enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, and torture. https://bit.ly/2HSm8tH

Items in the 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.