Daily World News Digest, 29 July 2015

Search for missing Mexican students: 60 mass graves found

The Latinos Post reported on 28 July that sixty mass graves were uncovered during the ongoing search for the 43 missing students that were abducted in Mexico in September last year. In a report by the attorney general’s office, 129 bodies were recovered from the graves. None of the remains was linked to the students who were kidnapped in Iguala. Since 2006, there are 23,000 people that have been reported missing. While their whereabouts remain unknown, 15,000 found bodies remain unidentified. http://bit.ly/1MtAHPM

Pakistan: investigate the possible enforced disappearance and unlawful killing

Amnesty International issued a report on 27 July saying it is deeply concerned by reports of the enforced disappearance and killing of political activist, Raja Dahir Bhambro, whose death was confirmed by the Pakistan police on 25 July 2015. Human rights groups such as the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan have reported an increase since last year in the number of Sindhi political activists forcibly disappeared and later found dead with bullet wounds and bodily marks consistent with torture. Political activists from the ethnic Sindhi and Baloch communities have been subjected to abductions, enforced disappearances, torture and extrajudicial executions in both provinces. http://bit.ly/1LR4MId

Libya: flawed trial of al-Gaddafi officials leads to appalling death sentences

Amnesty International carried a story on 28 July saying that today’s convictions of more than 30 al-Gaddafi-era officials, including the imposition of nine death sentences, follow a trial marred with serious flaws that highlight Libya’s inability to administer justice effectively in line with international fair trial standards. “Instead of helping to establish the truth and ensuring accountability for serious violations during the 2011 armed conflict, this trial exposes the weakness of a criminal justice system which is hanging on by a thread in a war-torn country with no central authority,” said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at Amnesty International. http://bit.ly/1D5XOy2

Kosovo’s Drenica Group appeal war crimes convictions

Balkan Insight reported on 28 July that former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army’s Drenica Group cell said they will appeal against their convictions for crimes against civilians during the 1998-99 conflict. A defense lawyer for one of the so-called Drenica Group ex-guerrillas, who were sentenced to a total of 65 years in jail for war crimes, said on Tuesday that they will appeal against the convictions, which he called a “legal massacre”. http://bit.ly/1I0KoSH

Enforced disappearance in Pakistan: court summons defense secretary

The Express Tribune reports today that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in Pakistan has once again summoned Defence Secretary Muhammad Alam Khattak and directed him to appear in person in the case involving the allegedly kidnapped lawyer Hammad Dadan. Earlier, on 8 July, the defense secretary had assured the court that all efforts will be made to trace the ‘missing’ lawyer and departments under the ministry have already been directed in this regard. The court had granted the defense secretary till 28 July. http://bit.ly/1glku2V

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.