Daily World News Digest, 5 October 2018

Yezidi activist joint winner of Nobel Peace Prize

The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yezidi activist Nadia Murad for their work to end sexual violence against women as a weapon of war. CBS quotes Norwegian Nobel Committee Chair Berit Reiss-Andersen as saying that this year’s laureates “both put their personal security at risk by courageously combating war crimes and seeking justice for victims.” Murad was herself a victim of sexual violence after so-called Islamic State militants occupied her hometown in northern Iraq and took her captive. Since September 2016 she has been the first UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. https://cbsn.ws/2QvYAfs

Indonesia quake: identifications on hold

Authorities in Sulawesi will no longer attempt to identify bodies, as fears grow that the death toll from the latest tsunami/earthquake will rise significantly, The Guardian reports. A team of 72 forensic specialists and medics have identified 218 victims by matching post-mortem and ante-mortem data, but according to Lisa Cancer, the head of the identification team, authorities have decided to bury unidentified victims in a mass grave in Paboya for health reasons. http://bit.ly/2IGmwdp

Extrajudicial killings in Philippine drug war

Philippine police and military troops killed nine drug suspects and arrested more than 100 others in two days of raids that ended Thursday in a central province as the government pressed a massive crackdown that has left more than 4,800 suspects dead, the Houston Chronicle reports. Human rights groups have cited much higher death tolls. Philippine Police officials have denied condoning extrajudicial killings in the crackdown. http://bit.ly/2CqcInz

Search for the missing in the western Balkans

At a regional conference on post-conflict recovery, organized in Sarajevo by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) Matthew Holliday, the head of ICMP’s Western Balkans Program, highlighted progress that has been made in the search for the missing, noting that more than 70 percent of the 40,000 missing at the end of the conflict have been accounted for. http://bit.ly/2QuUa8m

Turkey/Saudi Arabia: Prominent Journalist Missing

Human Rights Watch has called on the authorities in Turkey to deepen their investigation into the whereabouts of a prominent Saudi journalist who has not been seen or heard from since he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. Saudi authorities have denied that the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, is being held inside the consulate. http://bit.ly/2O6TJEt

US: archaeologists search for remains in old graves

The city of New Bern in North Carolina has approved a plan to use ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to determine the location of bodies reburied in 1913 according to The Virginian-Pilot. As Greenwood Cemetery was running out of space city in 1913, aldermen voted to disinter African Americans who had been buried in a corner of the cemetery, and resell their lots. It is not known whether the bodies were reburied individually or in a mass grave and new initiative is aiming to discover this. https://bit.ly/2OxfxZF

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.