Monthly Archives: November 2015

Daily World News Digest, 30 November 2015

Iraqis find 3 more mass graves in formerly IS-held Sinjar

The Associated Press reported on 29 November that Kurdish officials said three more mass graves have been found in the northern town of Sinjar, where Kurdish forces backed by heavy US-led airstrikes drove out Islamic State militants earlier this month. The discovery brings the total number of burial sites in the area to five and the total number of bodies uncovered to between 200 and 300, according to local officials. “The important thing is that the site is secure,” said Kevin Sullivan of the International Commission on Missing Persons. “The site needs to be controlled, for example, by police or under authority of a prosecutor and the bodies need to be exhumed in a systematic way with any identifying artifacts,” as wallets and scraps of clothing, he said. ‘’The proximity of many of the sites in Sinjar to active front…

Daily World News Digest, 27 November 2015

Blast at market in Nigeria kills 32

The Voice Herald, a news portal, reported today that the explosions in Kano, the country’s second-biggest city, occurred near the center of the city on Wednesday. No organization has yet claimed credit for the attack, but it is consistent with the behavior and within the territory of Boko Haram, a militant Islamic group that has been responsible for thousands of deaths in Nigeria since 2003. At least 105 soldiers from the battalion and two senior officers were feared “missing” following the attack on Wednesday, security sources said. “Over 100 persons injured and 14 others lost their lives in today’s market bomb blast in Kano”, said Sani Datti, a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (Nema). Suspected Boko Haram militants have carried out attacks in neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon in recent weeks.

Daughter wins right to exhume body of father who…

Daily World News Digest, 26 November 2015

Indigenous Canadians comprised 23% of country’s murder victims in 2014

The Guardian carried a story on 25 November saying that almost a quarter of homicide victims in Canada last year were aboriginal, even though the country’s indigenous people account for just 5% of the population, newly released federal statistics show. Twenty-three percent of the country’s 516 homicide victims in 2014 were aboriginal, making them almost six times more likely than non-indigenous Canadians to become victims of deadly violence, the federal statistics agency reported on Wednesday. The newly elected Liberal government has committed to launching a national inquiry by next summer into the nearly 1,200 indigenous women and girls who have disappeared or been murdered in the country in the past three decades.

Mexico police use of excessive force led to deaths of six people

Reuters reported on 25 that Mexico’s federal police used excessive force that resulted in five deaths,…

Daily World News Digest, 25 November 2015

Former Foreign Minister slams access given to UN group in Sri Lanka

Colombo Gazette, a daily from Sri Lanka, reported on 24 November that former Foreign Minister, Professor Peiris raised concerns over the decision taken by the Government to grant access to a UN group to visit the Navy camp in Trincomalee. The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances last week raised concerns over secret underground detention cells at the Trincomalee navy camp believed to have been used to detain people now reported missing. Peiris said that no country will allow a foreign group to have access to its Navy camp yet the current Sri Lankan Government allowed the Working Group to inspect the Trincomalee Navy camp. The Former Foreign Minister accused the Group of making false claims after visiting the camp.

New European border restrictions on refugees, migrants violate human rights

UN News Center issued a news…

Effective Tools to Account for the Missing

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24 November 2015: Effective tools have been developed to address the global missing persons crisis created by natural disasters, conflict and migration, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan said on Monday during a presentation at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford.

“The issue of the missing is no longer being tackled solely as a humanitarian issue and by humanitarian actors, but as a public law issue to be addressed by public institutions including domestic courts, prosecutors and law enforcement,” Queen Noor said.

Describing the evolution of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), which emerged from the post-war recovery process in the Western Balkans 20 years ago, she said ICMP could serve as a model for creating “a light but efficient modern international organization”.

ICMP cooperates with governments and other authorities in locating and identifying persons missing as a result of…

Daily World News Digest, 24 November 2015

Missing and murdered indigenous women a ‘’social systemic issue’’

Saskatoon Star Phoenix, a daily from Canada, reported on 23 November that police Chief of Saskatoon in central Canada, Clive Weighill, said cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls cannot be solved by police alone. “This is a big social systemic issue. We have to stop treating this as a crime issue,” Weighill said in an interview Monday. The police department has revamped its policy on missing persons cases in recent years and now more officers work missing persons cases, he added. However, many of the victims’ families have negative experiences when dealing with police. Darlene Okemaysim-Sicotte, a member of Women Walking Together — a grassroots organization supporting families of missing and murdered women — said police need a more comprehensive strategy for reporting missing persons cases to the media, she added.

UN urges deployment of more peacekeepers to South…

Daily World News Digest, 23 November 2015

Prime target: How serial killers prey on indigenous women

The Globe and Mail, a daily from Canada, reported on 22 November that indigenous women in Canada are roughly seven times more likely than non-indigenous women to die at the hands of serial killers, according to a Globe and Mail analysis that found at least 18 aboriginal females were victims of convicted serial killers since 1980. Aboriginal women are being killed and disappearing across the country at an alarming rate. The RCMP have said 70 per cent of the indigenous women slain in Canada meet their fate at the hands of an indigenous person. An unprecedented 2014 RCMP report found 1,181 aboriginal females were killed or went missing across the country between 1980 and 2012. In some of the cases the victims’ loved ones said that police were initially dismissive of their concerns and did not appear to take the missing-person…

Daily World News Digest, 20 November 2015

In Kosovo, UN efforts focused on promoting stability and political progress

UN issued a news on 19 November saying that the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) is continuing to focus its efforts on promoting stability, political progress and respect for human rights. “I arrived amid renewed political turbulence in Kosovo, and developments during the past week have produced additional potential setbacks in the implementation of the EU-led Belgrade-Pristina dialogue,” Zahir Tanin, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo and Head of UNMIK told the Security Council. Meanwhile, he said reconciliation also requires enhanced effort to determine the fate of persons missing from the conflict, with more than 1,600 persons still unaccounted for. He echoed the Secretary-General’s message on the importance of continued progress in the process of the establishment of the Specialist Court, as agreed between the European Union and Kosovo.

Time stands still for the mothers of…

Kosovo Forensic Agency Representatives Visit ICMP

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20 November 2015: Three senior representatives of the Kosovo Forensic Agency, Chief Executive Officer Blerim Olluri, Director of Serology and DNA Operations Sokol Dedaj, and Head of the DNA Laboratory Fatmir Ademi, visited ICMP’s facilities in Sarajevo today, where they were briefed by Head of the Western Balkans Program Matthew Holliday, and senior ICMP forensic sciences staff.

Today’s visit is part of a four-day fact-finding trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina which has included visits to ICMP’s Identification Coordination Division and the Podrinje Identification Project, both in Tuzla, and ICMP’s laboratory in Banja Luka. In October, ICMP technical staff visited the KFA in Prishtina to assess ways in which ICMP can provide technical assistance to the KFA.

The KFA is primarily a crime laboratory. It was established in 2003 and has received extensive support from the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program.

Blerim Olluri…

Daily World News Digest, 19 November 2015

UN: Relatives of disappeared in Sri Lanka still face intimidations

Sri Lanka Guardian carried a story today saying that the UN delegation alleged that despite the change of the government in January this year, relatives of the disappeared persons are still facing intimidations and threats from different state stakeholders of the government. “When some families of disappeared met us for testimonials, they were harassed and intimidated by the officials of Criminal Investigation Department (CID). In some instances they were demanded by some individuals to provide money in exchange of information regarding their loved ones who went missing,” Vice Chair of UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, Bernard Duhaime, told in a press conference. It was concluded that disappearances were carried out in a structural pattern of impunity.

Balochistan: Relatives and activists appeal for immediate release of Baloch women and children

Balochwarna news portal reported today that the relatives…