Daily World News Digest, 9 January 2018

Iraq: remains of 20 women found in mass grave in Mosul

A mass grave with the remains of women who had been tortured has been found in Mosul in northern Iraq, according to a police source. Security forces have recovered the bodies along with their identity cards and transferred them to the forensic medicine department in Mosul. http://bit.ly/2D9ocZR

Transitional justice in Nepal criticized

Human rights activists and victims’ associations have said that extending the tenure of Nepal’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappeared Persons without amending their laws in line with a Supreme Court order will only prolong the employment of office bearers, without delivering justice to victims. http://bit.ly/2CUL4i8

France: Da’esh foreign fighters “could be tried by Kurds in Syria”

France’s Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet has said that French nationals who travelled to Syria to join Da’esh could be tried by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. The justice minister’s comments were made against the backdrop of the arrest last week of Emilie König, a Frenchwoman suspected of recruiting fighters for Da’esh. Currently held by the SDF, the 33-year-old has accused the Kurdish group of torture and requested her repatriation to France. http://bit.ly/2mfVwat

South Africa’s role in transitional justice

The Mail & Guardian newspaper from South Africa has published a report on the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), noting South Africa’s contribution to the ICTY, and South Africa’s current intention of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, for which the ICTY was a precursor. The ICTY’s judgments, the paper says, “have further contributed to creating a historical record and provided the basis for future transitional justice initiatives in the region.” http://bit.ly/2mapps2

Colombia: ELN ceasefire negotiations resume in Quito

Representatives of the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) are meeting in Quito, Ecuador, to renew their September ceasefire, which was set to expire on 9 January. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos tweeted that “we’re more than ready to extend the ceasefire with the ELN and negotiate the conditions for a new ceasefire.” More than 150 businesses, activists, academics, artists, union leaders and victims of Colombia’s conflict have signed a letter, along with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, urging negotiators to “continue dialogue … and to do whatever it takes, but don’t leave space for a war.” http://bit.ly/2ElWUz7

EU issues Joint Communication with proposal for EU strategy for Iraq   

In response to the challenges Iraq is facing following the territorial defeat of Da’esh, including ongoing humanitarian, stabilisation, early recovery, reform and reconciliation needs, the EU on 8 January issued a Joint Communication containing a proposal for an EU strategy for Iraq which will be discussed by EU Foreign Ministers on 22 January. http://bit.ly/2AI542s

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.