Monthly Archives: April 2015

Holy See representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina visits ICMP

30 April 2015: H.E. Apostolic Nuncio in Bosnia and Herzegovina Msgr. Luigi Pezzuto and ICMP Director- General Kathryne Bomberger met today in ICMP’s Headquarters in Sarajevo. H.E. Pezzuto was briefed by Ms. Bomberger on ICMP’s programs in the Western Balkans and the rest of the world. A significant segment of the meeting was also dedicated to a discussion about the Mediterranean Migration Crisis and how to deal with missing persons cases from these horrific events.

Msgr. Pezzuto was impressed by today’s visit to ICMP, not only by the amount and the scope of work this organization is doing but by the scientific methods and approaches being used as well. “ICMP’s engagement is human above anything, but important and useful as well. In the world that we live in, the world full of chaos and problems, it is of crucial significance to have an organization such as this one,“ said Apostolic…

Daily World News Digest, 30 April 2015

Frustration over Nepal quake relief

The BBC reports today that frustration is growing in parts of rural Nepal over the pace of relief efforts, with some badly-affected villages yet to receive any assistance. Survivors in some areas told the BBC that they were angry that neither food nor medicine has reached them. The UN has appealed for $415m (£270m) to help provide emergency relief over the next three months. Meanwhile, a teenage boy has been rescued alive after spending five days trapped under rubble in Kathmandu. Crowds cheered as the boy was brought blinking into the daylight, a BBC reporter at the scene says. Officials say Saturday’s quake killed more than 5,500 people, and injured at least 11,000.

Dutch Court Rejects Prosecuting Srebrenica Peacekeepers

Balkan Insight reported on 29 April that the military court in Arnhem ruled on Wednesday that the commander of the Dutch UN battalion Thomas Karremans, his…

Daily World News Digest, 29 April 2015

Nepal earthquake: Relief starts reaching remote villages

The BBC reports today that as relief efforts continue in the Kathmandu Valley, the response is broadening to include areas such as Dhading and Gorkha, according to the UN. The 7.8 quake has claimed more than 5,000 lives. Many survivors remain in desperate need of food and water. Thousands of people are queuing to board buses and leave the capital, amid fears of further aftershocks. Police have been deployed at the main bus station, with thousands increasingly desperate to leave, AFP news agency reports.

Nigerian army “rescues nearly 300” from Sambisa Forest

The BBC reports today that the Nigerian military says it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women from an area where the militant group Boko Haram is active. However, it said the girls abducted from a school in Chibok in April 2014 were not among them. The military said the girls…

Daily World News Digest, 28 April 2015

Nepal Earthquake: Facebook ‘Safety Check’ Helps Families Locate Loved Ones

NBC News reported on 27 April that as Nepal grapples with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake, a recently introduced application on Facebook may be helping some families and acquaintances breathe a sigh of relief. The social network’s Safety Check, which it rolled out last year, asks users in an area affected by disaster or tragedy if they are safe. Contacts can also find friends in the area, and in turn get notified about their status.

Libyan TV crew found dead eight months after kidnap

The BBC reported on 27 April that five journalists belonging to a Libyan TV crew have been found dead, eight months after they were kidnapped. A government spokesman said the bodies were found near the city of Al Bayda, close to the site of the kidnapping. The crew was taken in August while travelling through…

Daily World News Digest, 27 April 2015

Rescuers struggle to reach remote Nepal areas as toll rises

The Associated Press reports today that the death toll from Nepal’s earthquake soared past 3,700 Monday, and how much higher it would rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. Reports received the government and aid groups suggest that many communities perched on mountainsides are devastated or struggling to cope. Saturday’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake spread horror from Kathmandu to small villages and to the slopes of Mount Everest, triggering an avalanche that buried part of the base camp packed with foreign climbers preparing to make their summit attempts.

Google ‘person finder’ tool deployed to help relatives find loved ones in Nepal

The Telegraph reported on 25 April that Google launched a “person finder” tool on Saturday to help users find loved ones affected by the…

Daily World News Digest, 24 April 2015

Mediterranean migrants crisis: EU triples funding

The BBC reports today that European leaders are to triple funding for search-and-rescue operations aimed at migrant boats in the Mediterranean following crisis talks in Brussels. The EU will also look at ways to capture and destroy smugglers’ boats and deploy immigration officers to non-EU countries, officials said. Several EU member states have promised more ships and other resources. The summit comes after more than 750 people died on a boat crossing from Libya on Sunday. Earlier, funerals for 24 of the victims were held in Malta. The number of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa has risen sharply in recent months. More than 35,000 are thought to have crossed from Africa to Europe this year and some 1,750 have died while attempting the journey. The estimated toll from Sunday’s capsizing was the worst on record. The boost in…

BiH Day of Remembrance for All the Missing

Forum representative Ema Cekic in front of National Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina

24 April 2015: Members of the Forum on the Memorialization of Missing Persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina today presented a petition to the BiH Council of Ministers, the BiH Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees, and the BiH Parliament.

The petition calls on the authorities to proclaim 30 August as the “Official Day of Remembrance of All the Missing.” It also calls for full implementation of the Law on Missing Persons – which stipulates, among other things, that the authorities have an obligation to support memorialization of the missing. And it calls on the authorities, from this 30 August, to begin presenting an annual report on implementation of the Law.

“The initiative to make 30 August the “Official Day of Remembrance of All the Missing has the support of a broad cross-section of family associations from every part of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” said Forum representative Ema Cekic. “It is inclusive, appropriate…

Daily World News Digest, 23 April 2015

Mediterranean migrants crisis: EU to hold emergency summit

The BBC reports today that EU leaders are due to hold an emergency summit on ways to stem the number of people risking the perilous journey across the Mediterranean. Draft proposals for the meeting include offering 5,000 places for resettlement for migrants “qualifying for protection” under a pilot project.

People trafficking: More police needed to tackle gangs

The BBC reports today that more border police are needed to tackle “highly sophisticated” trafficking gangs targeting the UK, a think tank has warned. A report from the Centre for Social Justice claims the gangs are several steps ahead of the authorities. BBC News has visited one Slovakian village where homes are alleged to have been built with trafficking profits. The government said recent legal changes would make it harder for people to be exploited in the UK.

Amnesty International to end refugee and…

Daily World News Digest, 22 April 2015

Central African Republic: Muslims held captive, raped

Human Rights Watch reports today that at least 42 Muslim Peuhl herders, mostly women and girls, are being held captive by Anti-balaka fighters in the Central African Republic and are at risk of sexual violence. There are reports that many others may also be held. United Nations peacekeepers and the government should act urgently to free them. Members of one family interviewed by Human Rights Watch on April 13, 2015, described the horrors they endured during 14 months of captivity in Pondo, a village in the southwest. The Anti-balaka killed two boys, ages about 6 and 7, and raped three young women and girls, one of whom became ill and died in captivity. Her year-old baby died of malnutrition. The surviving family members were rescued on April 4th and 5th.

Mediterranean migrants: Details emerge of deadly capsize

The BBC reported on 21st April…

Daily World News Digest, 21 April 2015

Captain of capsized Mediterranean migrants boat charged

The BBC reports today that the Tunisian captain of a boat that capsized off Libya on Sunday, killing hundreds of migrants, has been charged with reckless multiple homicide, Italian officials say. He has also been charged along with a member of the crew with facilitating illegal immigration. The two were among 27 survivors who arrived in Sicily late on Monday. The charges come after the EU set out a package of measures to try to ease the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. Search-and-rescue operations will be stepped up, and there will be a campaign to destroy traffickers’ boats. A homicide investigation has been opened into the disaster. After speaking to the survivors, the UN refugee agency said that about 800 people had died in Sunday’s sinking, including children aged between 10 and 12.

Saving lives in the Mediterranean must be Europe’s priority