Daily World News Digest, 3 November 2017

UN: Iraq not equipped to try Da’esh over atrocities against Yazidis

Iraq does not have the capacity to try Da’esh members accused of committing atrocities during the battle for Mosul and must find other routes, such as the International Criminal Court (ICC), a UN human rights report says. At least 2,521 civilians were killed during the nine-month battle, including 741 people who were executed, while at least 74 mass graves have been discovered since June 2014 in areas previously held by Da’esh. “Iraqi courts and tribunals do not have jurisdiction over international crimes and prosecutors, police investigators and judges lack capacity” the report says. http://bit.ly/2A40tYC

Iraq: Anbar displaced barred from going home

Iraqi security officials are preventing displaced families from returning home because of perceived ties to Da’esh, Human Rights Watch has said. At the same time, the authorities are forcing other families to return home, even when these families fear their home areas are unsafe or their homes have been destroyed. Fighting in Anbar has displaced at least 507,000 people since 2014, with at least 91,000 still in camps, according to the International Organization for Migration’s Displacement Tracking Matrix. http://bit.ly/2z7Vc5e

India: DNA tests ordered for unidentified bodies in Jammu and Kashmir

The Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has directed the authorities to undertake a comprehensive forensic examination, including DNA testing, of the unidentified bodies in more than 2,000 unmarked graves in two districts of the Jammu division. Replying to a petition lodged by the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, SHRC Chair Bilal Nazki said that since the government has accepted that there are 2,080 unidentified graves in the Poonch and Rajouri districts, the SHRC is issuing the same directions that were issued in the earlier cases. http://bit.ly/2zbVg1G

Mali: Defense Ministry promises abuse inquiry

Human Rights Watch has welcomed as “a meaningful step toward accountability” the Mali Defense Ministry’s commitment to investigate serious alleged abuses by the security forces. Human Rights Watch has documented how military counterterrorism operations in Central Mali in 2017 allegedly resulted in numerous human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, and arbitrary arrests against alleged supporters of Islamist armed groups. http://bit.ly/2xSpc1d

Colombia: former FARC commander released from custody

Elda Neyis Mosquera, more commonly known as “Karina”, a former commander of the now-demobilized FARC rebels, has been released nine years after she surrendered to the authorities. She had been convicted of kidnapping, forced displacement, homicide, robbery, forced disappearance, illicit recruitment and gender-based violence. By taking part in the Justice and Peace program she was able to secure a reduced sentence of eight years. She has vowed to continue to cooperate with the Colombian justice system. http://bit.ly/2A34Z9t

Kenya: police dispute number of people killed during election

Kenya’s Inspector-General of Police, Joseph Boinnet, has rejected claims by a human rights group that more than 30 people have been killed by security forces deployed to quell election violence in some parts of the country. He said the figures were exaggerated and that 11 people have lost their lives. http://bit.ly/2AcK04V

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.