Daily World News Digest, 4 December 2017

Half of Yezidis abducted by Da’esh still in captivity

Nearly half of Yezidis abducted by Da’esh in August 2014 from Sinjar and its surrounding areas are still being held captive or their fates remain unknown, according to the latest data released by the Kurdish Ministry of Religious Affairs. From 3 August 2014 until 1 December 2017, only 3,207 of 6,417 captured Yezidis have been rescued or have escaped, the Ministry said. http://bit.ly/2BxKhzz

Sinjar: new mass grave found

A mass grave has been in northern Sinjar containing 46 bodies. Sinjar Mayor Mahma Khalil said the grave contains Yezidis from Sinjar and the surrounding areas, killed by the Da’esh after the fall of Sinjar in 2014. Thirty-eight mass graves of Yezidi victims have been discovered so far, Mahma Kalil said. He was critical of the Iraqi central government for wat he described as its failure to carry out proper documenting procedures at mass graves across the Yezidi areas. http://bit.ly/2Aou2XZ

Enforced disappearances in Burundi

As the International Criminal Court begins investigating alleged crimes of the authorities in Burundi, there are fears that the security forces have begun eliminating their own allies in order to ensure silence. Members of the Imbonerakure youth group, which helped break up protests in 2015 over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid to seek a disputed third term, are reported to have disappeared. A local activist has published a list of dozens of Burundians “forcibly disappeared” over the past two years. It includes Imbonerakure members, activists and politicians from various parties, journalists, intelligence agents, police and army officers and civilians. http://abcn.ws/2nuIuJs

India: NGO urges probe into 8,257 missing persons cases

The Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project (PDAP) says it intends to approach India’s Supreme Court seeking an investigation into 8,257 missing persons cases. The PDAP says it has carried out a study over the past seven years in which new evidence related to the 8,257 cases between 1980 and 1995 has surfaced. http://bit.ly/2np689U

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