Daily World News Digest, 31 October 2018

Philippines: city seeks help in identifying thousands of dead

Five years after the catastrophic Yolanda typhoon in the Philippines, the city of Tacloban in Leyte Province is seeking help in identifying thousands of victims, according to ABS CBN News. Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin is reported as saying that the cost of identifying skeletal remains through DNA matching is beyond the resources of the National Bureau of Investigation. https://bit.ly/2yGkCpc

Nigeria: extrajudicial killings

A day after three people were killed in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, police in the city have broken up a demonstration in support of an imprisoned Shi’ite cleric, VOA News reports. The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) is demanding the release of its leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been detained since clashes broke out in the northern city of Zaria in 2015. At that time, the military were accused of killing more than 300 IMN supporters and burying them in mass graves. https://bit.ly/2zgxa6b

UN: international experts should help investigate Khashoggi case

The UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has called on Riyadh to reveal the whereabouts body of Jamal Khashoggi and called for “international experts” to help investigate the murder, the Business Standard from India reports. Bachelet added that it was important to determine whether “serious human rights violations such as torture, summary execution or enforced disappearance were committed and to identify all those implicated in this crime, irrespective of their official capacity.” https://bit.ly/2zjAk9a

Veracruz: former police officers sentenced for forced disappearance

Nine former police officers in Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Veracruz were sentenced on Tuesday to 60 years in prison after being found guilty of enforced disappearance, the WRAL news portal from North Carolina, US, reports. https://bit.ly/2OgCVGo

19th century mass grave found in Mainz, Germany

German construction workers have uncovered a mass grave in the western city of Mainz for which is believed to be linked to Napoleon-era Battle of Leipzig, the Daily Sabah reports. According to Jens Dolata, archaeologist for the Rhineland-Palatinate Cultural Heritage Directorate, the bodies had been carefully interred in rows and there might be more than 1,000 bodies. https://bit.ly/2CRaYTw

 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.