Daily World News Digest, 27 June 2018

Sri Lanka: excavations at mass grave

Forensic officers and archaeologists have confirmed that skulls and remains of at least 30 people, including children under the age of 12, have been found at a mass burial site in Mannar, northern Sri Lanka, JDS Lanka reports. Anti-disappearance activists and local human rights lawyers believe the grave contains bodies of Tamils allegedly abducted, tortured and killed by security forces. https://bit.ly/2yKY6hj

El Salvador: four police officers sentenced for extrajudicial killings

InSight Crime reports that four members of El Salvador’s National Civil Police have been sentenced to 60 years in prison for crimes committed on 13 February 2017 when two civilians died in what police had described as a chase and confrontation with gang members. The court concluded that the confrontation never happened, and that the narrative was used to cover up extrajudicial killings. https://bit.ly/2KlRyXT

Arbitrary arrest and Ethiopia’s culture of impunity

Human Rights Watch has published an article welcoming the reforms announced by Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, but notes that “much more needs to be done to tackle the government’s culture of impunity”. HRW recalls that Dr. Abiy became prime minister “in large part due to the efforts of protesters demanding investigation of killings of over 1,000 civilians since 2015, arbitrary arrests of tens of thousands, and widespread torture in detention”. https://bit.ly/2yMhCKo

Myanmar: general responsible for Rohingya crackdown dismissed

One of seven generals in the Myanmar military who commanded the operation in Rakhine State that saw more than 700,000 Rohingya flee into neighboring Bangladesh has been dismissed, CNN reports. Major General Maung Maung Soe was dismissed just hours after the European Union imposed new sanctions on senior military officials because of “their association with unlawful killings, sexual violence and the systematic burning of Rohingya houses and buildings”. https://cnn.it/2KqhL7N

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.