Daily World News Digest, 28 November 2018

Hundreds of bodies recovered in Raqqa

After working for more than a month, local teams have been able to recover “516 bodies of presumably ISIL fighters and civilians” from the Panorama mass grave in Raqqa, Syria, believed to be the largest mass grave in the region, containing as many as 1,500 bodies, Al Jazeera English reports. Human rights groups warn that the local teams might not be receiving the support they need; Sara Kayyali from Human Rights Watch said, “The bodies are decomposing at an exponential rate… If they are not preserved in the correct way, significant amount of evidence might be lost.” https://bit.ly/2RppfeQ

Zimbabwe: disappearance of ex-army officer

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights have called on the Harare High Court to order a probe into the alleged enforced disappearance of an ex-army officer, Eyewitness News from South Africa reports. The lawyers say the incident bears a resemblance to the enforced disappearance of pro-democracy campaigner Itai Dzamara more than three years ago. https://bit.ly/2E2h6tB

Uganda: Families of the missing still waiting for justice

Families of those killed in November 2016 in clashes with government forces in the town of Kasese in Rwenzururu kingdom in western Uganda, are still waiting for justice, Human Right Watch reports. Government officials buried at least 52 bodies in graves inside the military barracks in Kasese and say they have sent DNA samples for testing to allow families to identify relatives, but many in Kasese say they are not aware of this, the HRW report says. https://bit.ly/2BEcKXj

UN: Muslims held in mass detentions in China

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination says that at least 1 million ethnic Uyghurs and other minorities were being held in mass detentions in Xinjiang, China, the US newspaper The Nation reports. https://bit.ly/2SjYAA5

US accuses Nicaragua Vice-President of extrajudicial killings

The US Treasury has used a Presidential executive order to impose sanctions on Nicaragua Vice-President Rosario Murillo, the wife of President Daniel Ortega, the BBC reports. The US says Ms Murillo has been involved in extrajudicial killings, torture and kidnapping. https://bbc.in/2AwdoEa

Philippines: “more than 5,000 extrajudicial killings”

International organizations and observers estimate that around 5,000 people were killed in anti-drug operations ordered by Philippines President Duterte between July 2016 and October 2018, Asia News reports. The report notes that 161,584 arrests were carried out by security forces in the same period. https://bit.ly/2P69es0

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.