Daily World News Digest, 29 November 2017

Colombia’s congress approves bill on alternative courts

Colombia’s lower house has approved a bill to regulate transitional justice under the 2016 peace deal, including special tribunals that will try FARC leaders for war crimes. The lower house made changes to the text agreed this month by the Senate, so the bill must now go for conciliation between the two chambers. The FARC has argued against any changes to the original agreement. http://bit.ly/2j1TCbY

Skeletons found on ‘ghost ship’ washed up in Japan

Japanese authorities are trying to identify eight people whose badly decomposed remains were found on a wooden boat that washed up on a beach. Crew-less boats or vessels with bodies on board, known as “ghost ships” and thought to be North Korean fishing boats, regularly wash up in Japan. http://bbc.in/2AEiSiL

Disappearance of Crimean Tatars

More than a dozen men have disappeared without a trace during Russia’s annexation of Crimea, according to Human Rights Watch. HRW has highlighted the story of Abdureshit Dzhepparov, an outspoken activist on Crimean Tatar issues, whose son and nephew have disappeared. HRW reports the likelihood that “because of Russia’s actions in Crimea, 100 Crimean Tatar kids have lost their fathers – some disappeared, at least one murdered, and others jailed on trumped up charges.” http://bit.ly/2j2qNfD

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Exhumation in Vlasenica completed

The exhumation of mass graves at Jelovica cesma in Vlasenica, eastern Bosnia, has been completed. These are two mass graves about 15 meters apart, from which 28 sets of human remains have been exhumed. Clothing, footwear, jewelry and other personal items and documents were found with the bodies. http://bit.ly/2nd4LLo

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