Monthly Archives: September 2018

Daily World News Digest, 18 September 2018

18 new identifications in Bosnia and Herzegovina

DNA analysis has confirmed identities of 18 victims from the 90s conflict recovered in central Bosnia, reports. Remains were exhumed in 1996 and 2001 from two mass graves found near the city of Travnik. (Article in B/C/S)

UN: Widespread violations in Burundi may amount to crimes against humanity

Presenting its final report on the situation in Burundi to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi accused the country of persistent and widespread violations of human rights, some of which it says constitute crimes against humanity, Voice of America reports. According to the Commission, the government and its allies use extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests, torture, and sexual violence against the citizens.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mortal remains found in Treskavica mountain

Mortal remains of one person, allegedly soldier from the 90s conflict, have been found on…

Daily World News Digest, 17 September 2018

Mass grave of Da’esh members found near Mosul

A mass grave, composed of human remains of Da’esh leaders, with “their identity cards and positions within the group” was found in south of Mosul, according to Iraqi News sourcing the media department of the Nineveh Operations Command.

UN uses radar to seek war graves in Kosovo and Serbia

A team of UN experts recorded data using ground-penetrating radar in an attempt to detect the presence of human bones in potential wartime mass graves at five locations in Kosovo and Serbia, Balkan Insight reports. The conclusions will be provided to Kosovo and Serbia in the coming months through a mechanism of the Working Group on Missing Persons.

18 women and children bodies in mass grave north of Mosul

The Nineveh Operations Command announced in a statement that their forces have “found a mass grave which contains bodies of 18 women and children…

Daily World News Digest, 14 September 2018

Kenya: alleged enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings

The Star newspaper in Kenya reports that eight human rights organizations in the northeast of the country have issued a joint statement saying that “killings, forced disappearances and wanton destruction of property are rampant” as a result of conflict between government forces and militants in the region. The organizations say that “The violators of these rights are both al Shabaab and state security forces”.

UN decries “shameful” reprisals on human rights activists

The UN has listed 38 “shameful” countries which it says carried out reprisals or intimidation against people cooperating with it on human rights, through killings, torture and arbitrary arrests, Reuters reports. The annual report from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres highlights a “disturbing trend in the use of national security arguments and counter-terrorism strategies” to block access to the UN by communities and civil society organizations.

Persecution of indigenous protesters on…

Daily World News Digest, 13 September 2018

Enforced disappearances in Egypt

Egypt today reports on a meeting organized by the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) this week on the margins of the 39th Session of the International Council for Human Rights in Geneva. At the EOHR meeting a report was presented citing 266 cases of enforced disappearances in Egypt. Enforced disappearance across the Arab region was also discussed.

12 missing in Hidalgo, Mexico

Telesur TV reports that the Mexican authorities are investigating the disappearance of two women and 10 men in Huichapan in the central state of Hidalgo. The 12 were traveling from Ixmiquilpan to Huichapan in three vehicles. Their relatives lost contact with the caravan and reported the missing persons on the 4 September.

Cameroonian activist missing for more than a month

Amnesty International reports that Cameroonian activist and president of the NGO Frontline Fighters for Citizen Interests (FFCI) Franklin Mowha, who is based in…

Daily World News Digest, 12 September 2018

UN Working Group welcomes the creation of missing persons database in former Yugoslavia

The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) has published recommendations on the Western Balkans, among other things welcoming the creation of the Regional Database of Active Missing Persons Cases from the Armed Conflicts in the Former Yugoslavia with the support of the International Commission of Missing Persons (ICMP) and the participation and support of Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo. The WGEID also urges full implementation of the Declaration on the Role of the State in Addressing the Issue of Persons Missing as a Consequence of Armed Conflict and Human Rights Abuses, signed by Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro in 2014 under ICMP’s auspices.

Limbo in Libya for unregistered refugees

The Irish Times reports that hundreds of refugees and migrants in Tripoli’s Abu Salim detention center have been abandoned amid conflict between armed…

Daily World News Digest, 11 September 2018

Accounting for the missing in Sri Lanka

The BBC reports on the effort to account for missing persons in Sri Lanka nearly a decade after the end of the conflict, with limited progress so far, despite the establishment of the Office on Missing Persons earlier this year. About 20,000 people are believed to be missing. Many families still hope that their relatives are alive in detention centers or in secret prisons, a possibility that is dismissed by the authorities.

New UN human rights Chief addresses enforced disappearance                

In her inaugural speech to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, incoming High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has promised to be a voice for victims, Reuters reports. “I have been a political detainee and the daughter of political detainees. I have been a refugee and a physician – including for children who experienced torture and the enforced disappearance…

Daily World News Digest, 10 September 2018

UN expert group to review enforced disappearance cases

The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances will hold its 116th session in Geneva from 10 to 14 September to examine 840 cases from 46 countries, Relief Web reports. On 12 September, the Working Group will present its annual report, as well as reports on Gambia and the Western Balkans.

Myanmar rejects ICC ruling to probe Rohingya deportations

Al Jazeera reports that Myanmar has “resolutely” rejected a ruling from the International Criminal Court that the ICC has jurisdiction over deportations of Rohingya to Bangladesh as a possible crime against humanity. Myanmar President Win Myint called the ruling “the result of faulty procedure and of dubious legal merit” saying the country was “under no obligation” to respect it.

Philippines: support for families of drug war victims crucial for justice

Rappler carries comments by human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza highlighting the need…

Daily World News Digest, 7 September 2018

Missing Rohingya children in Bangladesh

Radio Free Asia reports on the disappearance of children from Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. The International Organization for Migration has identified 78 trafficking victims as of July 2018, and says women and children from refugee camps are being trafficked for sex and domestic work, as they cannot leave camps or seek employment legally.

Myanmar: ICC decision opens a clear avenue for justice for the Rohingya

Amnesty International has welcomed the decision announced on Thursday by the International Criminal Court that the ICC has grounds to investigate the expulsion of Rohingya from Rakhine State in Myanmar, as subsequent events took place in Bangladesh, which is an ICC State Party. “The Court has sent a clear signal to the Myanmar military that they will be held accountable,” An Amnesty spokesperson said.

Mass graves with at least 166 bodies found in eastern Mexico

Reuters reports that the…

Dutch Government Renews Support for ICMP


The Hague, 7 September 2018: The Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has made an additional financial contribution of EUR 250,000 to support the International Commission on Missing Persons’ (ICMP) Headquarters in The Hague. The funding will be allocated to strengthening ICMP’s forensic and data systems capacities, as well as activities to support global programs and international cooperation.

In addition to The Netherlands’ long-standing support for ICMP’s work in the Western Balkans, the Dutch Foreign Ministry and the City of The Hague have provided invaluable logistical and financial resources to help ICMP establish and develop its Headquarters capacity.

“The Agreement on the Status and Functions of ICMP, which established the organization as a treaty-based international organization in 2015, stipulated that the Headquarters of the organization should be in The Hague,” Kathryne Bomberger said today. “The proactive support from the Netherlands and…

Daily World News Digest, 6 September 2018

Systemic disappearance of Native American women in the US

The Associated Press reports on the disproportionate historic violence experienced by Native American women in the US and the failures of the criminal justice system to protect these women. The disappearance and deaths of Native women are largely a product of domestic violence and sex trafficking, and tribal leaders argue that disappearances demonstrate a systemic failure of government authorities to investigate and prosecute cases on reservations in an effective manner.

Disappeared Tamils remembered in Sri Lanka

The Tamil Guardian reports on an event held this week to commemorate the enforced disappearance of 158 Tamils from the Eastern University in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, in 1990. Residents and students held up photos of their missing loved ones to call for accountability and justice for the disappeared.

UN accuses Burundi of enforced disappearances

UN Investigators on Wednesday warned of continuing enforced disappearances and…