Monthly Archives: June 2017

Daily World News Digest, 6 June 2017

Libya’s kidnapping nightmare

On Monday, BBC featured a story about kidnapping in Libya. In post-revolution Libya. Armed gangs or semi-official militias kidnap people, while families of the missing often do not speak out, fearing that if they go public their loved ones will be killed or tortured in captivity.  “When you’re put into this nightmare, you realize that there are no institutions that you can turn to, and that there is a complete breakdown,” said the son of an abductee.

Ireland: specialist international team to perform DNA analysis on Tuam Babies grave

The Irish Post reports today that a specialist team will perform DNA analysis on the remains found in the mass grave at the Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, where the bodies of 796 young children and babies were found in 2012. The experts will produce the initial report and examine the potential to identify the remains of…

Daily World News Digest, 5 June 2017

Burundi: warrants on enforced disappearance, other crimes sent to ICC

IWACU Burundi reported on Sunday that according to the “Justice for Burundi” group of lawyers at the end of May 2017, 98 new warrants had been sent to the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court. These includes cases of sexual violence, extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, torture, and assassinations. Government and activists disagree over the number of killed and imprisoned as a result of the crisis in Burundi that began in April 2015.

New detentions on suspicion of affiliation with Da’esh in Kurdistan

On Saturday Human Rights Watch reported new cases in which it says the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) authorities have detained men and boys fleeing Mosul, on suspicion of affiliation with Da’esh. Family members reported that after Kurdish authorities took their relatives into custody, the families had no contact with the detainees for as long as…

ICMP Commissioners Commemorate Swedish Victims of the Southeast Asian Tsunami

Stockholm, 2 June 2017: The Commissioners of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) yesterday visited the site in Stockholm where a memorial to the Swedish victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami is being built. In the presence of survivors of victims of the Tsunami, of members of the Jury of competition for the Memorial site and of authorities from the Södra Djurgårdens park, the Commissioners learned about the efforts to remember Tsunami victims and paid their respect to all of them in a short memorial ceremony. In the immediate aftermath of the tsunami, ICMP tested more than 1,200 bone samples and issued DNA identification reports for more than 900 individuals. Among these, ICMP helped to identify 42 of the 543 Swedish victims.

At the memorial site, ICMP Commissioner Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, former Foreign Minister of Thailand and Secretary-General of…

Daily World News Digest, 2 June 2017

Iraq: dispute over excavation of Ezidi mass graves

Foreign Policy on Thursday featured a story about problems in unearthing the Ezidi mass graves in Sinjar due to disagreement over who has responsibility for exhuming the graves, the Kurdistan Regional Government or Baghdad. Iraq is not a member of the International Criminal Court, and its law system does not contain provisions for genocide, war crimes, or crimes against humanity. Fawaz Abbas, the deputy head of the International Commission on Missing Persons says that ICMP staff and local experts have been on standby for more than a year to get started on the exhumation, but have been held up by a lack of government approval.

EU “disregarding international law” with migrant strategy

The Independent reported on Thursday that the US-based Refugees International group has warned that the EU’s push to prevent boats leaving the Libyan coast could fuel horrific abuse. Researchers have…

Rights-Based Strategies to Account for the Missing

Stockholm, 1 June 2017: Concrete and effective scientific, legal, political and social strategies can help governments and stakeholders to account for the hundreds of thousands of people who go missing as a result of conflict, disasters and other causes, Her Majesty Queen Noor said in Stockholm on Wednesday. Queen Noor was speaking at the opening of a “Profiles of the Missing” conference organized by the International Commission on Missing Persons and hosted by the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

Queen Noor emphasized that implementing these strategies “is how we can most constructively honor and remember the missing and how we can secure the rights of those who have been left behind.”

Speakers from around the world shared their personal experiences, and explained the rights-based, rule-of-law approach that families of the missing have developed in order to ensure that authorities take all necessary…

Daily World News Digest, 1 June 2017

Families of Mexico’s disappeared mount protest

Al Dia News reported on Wednesday that hundreds of relatives of disappeared ones marched in the Mexican capital on Tuesday to demand accountability for the fate of their loved ones. People have been disappeared while in the custody of police or soldiers, and protesters carried placards with slogans denouncing forced disappearance as a “state crime.” Mexico has more than 30,000 missing persons, according to figures from the National Registry of Missing or Disappeared Persons.

Mass grave with remains of 60 people found in western Mosul

Iraqi News reported on Wednesday that a mass grave composed of relics of 60 civilians, including women, killed by Da’esh, was found in western Mosul, citing a local source from Nineveh province. According to the anonymous source the grave contained relics of 60 civilians, including elderly people and 23 women who worked as employees and lawyers. The bodies were…