Daily World News Digest, 28 March 2017

Another mass grave located in Iraq

Iraqi News reported yesterday that a human rights group in Diyala Governate in eastern Iraq says it has located a mass grave containing remains of victims killed by Da’esh. The head of the rights group said that Peshmerga forces recently detained a Da’esh fighter who revealed the existence of a mass grave in Saadiya, 60 KM northeast of Baquba, the provincial capital. The report says the grave will be excavated over the coming few weeks after required approval has been obtained. http://bit.ly/2nvj3oN

Court in Spain to try Syrian officials for torture, murder of Spanish national

Jurist reported yesterday that Spain’s top court agreed on Monday to investigate claims by a Spanish woman who alleges her brother was tortured and murdered in 2013 by government security forces in Syria. Spanish High Court Judge Eloy Velasco has asked Syrian authorities to appoint legal representation in Spain for the nine security officers implicated in the torture and murder of the woman’s brother. The case is the first criminal complaint accepted against President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces by a European court. http://bit.ly/2nH1C5k

Mexicans march for murdered journalists and free press

NDT TV, based in Canada, reported yesterday on a demonstration at the Attorney General’s Office in Mexico City to honor of journalists killed throughout the country and to demand freedom of the media. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least six reporters have been killed for their work since 2010 in Veracruz alone. Throughout the country, 122 journalists have been killed since 2000, according to the National Commission on Human Rights. http://bit.ly/2nddqct

War crimes probes “will hinder Sri Lanka’s reconciliation”

Reuters carried a story yesterday citing remarks made on Monday by former Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who said war crime investigations will exacerbate the differences between Sri Lanka’s two main ethnic groups instead of uniting them. Rajapaksa, the brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been accused of committing war crimes in the final weeks of the conflict in May 2009. He has denied the allegations against him. A UN panel has said around 40,000 people, mostly ethnic minority Tamils, were killed in the war’s final phase. Families in the former northern war zone complain of thousands of enforced disappearances during that time. http://reut.rs/2obLt5N

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.