Daily World News Digest, 4 April 2018

Bolivia: former president found guilty of extrajudicial killings

In a landmark decision today, a federal jury in the US found former President of Bolivia Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and his minister of defense, José Carlos Sánchez Berzaín, responsible for extrajudicial killings carried out by the Bolivian military in September and October 2003. The decision comes after a ten-year legal battle spearheaded by family members of eight people killed in what is known in Bolivia as the “Gas War”. https://bit.ly/2Ej1TA2

Yemen: five migrants drown, 50 missing

At least five migrants drowned and 50 went missing on Thursday when smugglers forced 180 Africans off a boat bound for Yemen, a day after a similar incident left 50 dead, the International Organization for Migration said. A total of 25 people were being treated for injuries on a Yemeni beach on the Red Sea, the IOM said. https://bit.ly/2q365j2

Pakistan: no breakthrough in extrajudicial killing case

Two weeks after the arrest of a Pakistani police officer, Rao Anwar, accused of the extrajudicial killing of 27-year-old Naseemullah Mehsud, investigators have made little progress. Although Anwar is in police custody, 13 of his team members allegedly responsible for killing Naqeebullah are at large. Anwar and his team went into hiding when they were blamed for the killing of Naqeebullah and three others in a fake encounter in Karachi on 13 January. Initially, the police claimed that the four victims were associated with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Da’esh and were killed during the encounter with the police. https://bit.ly/2GwwvDZ

EU visits Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus

A delegation of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the European Parliament is in Cyprus to take stock of the progress made by the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP). The CMP is a bi-communal body established in 1981 whose main objective is to recover, identify, and return to their families, the remains of 2002 persons (492 Turkish Cypriots and 1,510 Greek Cypriots) who went missing during the inter-communal fighting of 1963 to 1964 and the events of 1974. https://bit.ly/2q0h50H

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.