Daily World News Digest, 7 March 2019

Accounting for missing is an investment in peace

In an interview for Buka.com, a news portal in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kathryne Bomberger, the Director-General of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) stressed that “accounting for the missing is an investment in peace” and highlighted the paramount importance of regional cooperation. “Bringing governments together to address common challenges and working with them to arrive at solutions together is important for trust building.” (Interview can be accessed in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian at http://bit.ly/2tTq0m0 and in English at http://tr.im/niKY8 )

Spain: heavy rain uncovers remains of Franco’s regime victims

The Daily Telegraph reports that a Madrid cemetery has been accused of lying about cremating the bodies of 3,000 civilians executed under the regime of Francisco Franco after heavy rain exposed a mass grave. The new finding contradicts a claim by a municipal agency that said the ossuary containing the remains of those killed during Franco’s post-war repression had been located and the bones cremated in the 1990s. http://tr.im/1sIuI

UN Rights Chief requests access to Xinjiang’s Uighurs in China

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is seeking access to China to verify continuing reports of disappearances and arbitrary detentions in the Xinjiang region, Reuters reports. According to activists, mass detention camps are holding more than 1 million ethnic Uighurs and others in China. http://tr.im/xleRi

Nicaragua: Amnesty calls for release of detained activists

Amnesty International says the human rights situation in Nicaragua is deteriorating, amid arbitrary detention of activists. Amnesty has called on the government to ensure that victims have access to justice, truth and reparation, and to release student leaders, activists and other protesters detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression. http://tr.im/iKISG

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.