Daily World News Digest, 5 April 2018

Between 250,000 and one million missing in Iraq

After decades of conflict, culminating in Da’esh’s three-year occupation of northern Iraq, the country has one of the highest numbers of missing people and unidentified bodies anywhere. Even before Da’esh’s killing spree, the International Commission on Missing Persons puts the number of missing at anywhere between 250,000 and a million – the grim legacy of multiple wars and violent repression under dictator Saddam Hussein https://on.wsj.com/2HbUZ2q

Myanmar judge to rule on journalists who reported extrajudicial killings

A Myanmar judge said on Wednesday he would decide next week on whether to throw out a case against two Reuters journalists who were arrested while reporting on military abuses against Rohingya Muslims. At the time of their arrest four months ago the reporters were investigating the extrajudicial killings by security forces and ethnic Rakhine locals of 10 unarmed Rohingya Muslim men and since then they have been detained in custody. https://bit.ly/2uLWYIv

China: wife marches for husband who disappeared in crackdown

The wife of a detained Chinese lawyer Wang Quanzhang has begun a march of more than 100 km from Beijing to Tianjin, to try to find answers about his fate. Li Wenzu says she has heard nothing since her husband’s arrest 1,000 days ago and does not even know if he was still alive. Mr Quanzhang was held in August 2015 during the nationwide “709” crackdown that detained more than 200 rights activists. https://bbc.in/2q72NdY

India: civil society groups urge government to address extrajudicial killings

Activists and family members of victims of extrajudicial killings gathered in the town of Imphal in Northeast India on 4 April and called on the Government in New Delhi to fulfill the rights to truth, justice, reparation, and guarantee of non-repetition of all the families of victims of extrajudicial executions. Judicial authorities are investigating more than 40 extrajudicial killings in the state of Manipur. https://bit.ly/2GVzLIo

Ex-Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt convicted of genocide dies aged 91

Former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, who seized power in a 1982 coup, has died. Montt, who presided over one of the bloodiest periods of the country’s civil war as soldiers waged a scorched-earth campaign to root out Marxist guerrillas, was convicted in 2013 of genocide and crimes against humanity for the massacre of 1,771 indigenous Ixil Mayans by security forces under his command. https://bit.ly/2uM7waz

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.