Daily World News Digest, 30 May 2018

Kosovo: excavations underway in three possible mass gravesites

Kosovo TV reports that the Head of the Kosovo Government’s Missing Persons Commission, Prenk Gjetaj, has announced the resumption of excavations at three possible mass gravesites, after last year’s suspension due to bad weather conditions. He called on the Serbia to cooperate on setting dates for excavations into possible mass graves in Serbia. https://bit.ly/2xlQVLQ

Kashmir: authorities urged to investigate unmarked graves

Human Rights Watch has called on the authorities in India to ensure justice for human rights violations in Kashmir, which includes “following up on the order of the state human rights commission to investigate unmarked graves, which many believe also contain the remains of individuals forcibly disappeared, allegedly by the security forces.” https://bit.ly/2IXqhKt

Venezuela: panel cites cases of enforced disappearance

A panel of experts reporting to the Organization of American States has accused the Venezuelan government under President Nicolas Maduro of committing crimes against humanity, setting the stage for a potential investigation by the International Criminal Court. According to Bloomberg News, the experts say that the regime has been “involved in multiple murders and at least 12,000 cases of imprisonment and arbitrary detention”. It also accused the authorities of torture, rape, political persecution and enforced disappearances. https://soc.att.com/2sqtATo

U.S. aiding El Salvadorian police accused of human rights violations

Police in El Salvador who receive equipment and training – though not weapons – from the US have allegedly been involved in illegal executions of gang members, CNN reports. The police maintain that they’re “fighting terrorists,” but the UN is set to release a report that will declare “a pattern of behavior by Security Personnel amounting to extrajudicial executions”. https://bit.ly/2JiDzok

Nicaraguan government “used lethal strategy” against protesters

Amnesty International issued a report Shoot to Kill: Nicaragua’s Strategy to Repress Protest on Tuesday on the Nicaraguan government’s response to recent protests that have killed more than 70 people. AI has documented the use of police force, alleged extrajudicial killings by armed, pro-government groups and the repression and condemnation of media since April 18. https://bit.ly/2Je9RB3

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.