Daily World News Digest, 26 November 2018

ICMP in Iraq

On 25 November, ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger and Chair of the ICMP Commissioners Thomas Miller held a meeting in Baghdad with First Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Hassan Karim Al-Kaabi, the Iraqi Parliament’s website reports. Cooperation between ICMP and Iraq was discussed during the meeting. The Deputy Speaker thanked ICMP for its support. Ms Bomberger noted that the number of missing in Iraq is among the highest of any country in the world, and Ambassador Miller said ICMP is ready to assist the Iraqi authorities and expand its operations to help Iraq. (article in Arabic) https://bit.ly/2RejYq2

More than 3,000 Yezidi still missing

The bodies in 68 mass graves in Sinjar have not yet been exhumed and more than 3,000 Yezidi are still missing, Archy News Nety reports. The UN estimates that between 2,000 and 5,500 Yezidi were killed by Da’esh after it took control of the area in 2014. Of 6,417 Yezidi who were taken hostage, 3,334 – including a majority of women and children – have been recovered. https://bit.ly/2S7JAo

Transitional justice in Guatemala

The UN Human Rights Office has welcomed the conviction of a former Guatemalan soldier involved in the mass killing of villagers in the Dos Erres massacre of 1982 during Guatemala’s civil war, UN News reports. Guatemala’s Commission for Historical Clarification has concluded that state forces and paramilitary groups were responsible for 93 percent of documented violations, including 92 percent of arbitrary executions and 91 percent of forced disappearances. https://bit.ly/2P2uK0E

Colombia: UN chief commended to the progress on peacebuilding

The UN reports that on the second anniversary of Colombia’s peace agreement, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has hailed progress in peacebuilding in the country, adding that “Hard work remains to be done to consolidate these early gains of peace”. https://bit.ly/2r3SQia

Turkey: prehistoric mass grave found

Turkish researchers have found a mass grave in the Mediterranean city of Alanya with preserved skeletons dating back 5,000 to 7,000 years, The Daily News from Turkey reports. Anthropologist Nalan Damla Yılmaz Usta, who is conducting the excavations, said “The skeletons hold important data that could shed light on biological and morphological features of the peoples in the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Ages”. https://bit.ly/2QmGYGe

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.