Monthly Archives: September 2018

Daily World News Digest, 5 September 2018

USAID supports ICMP in Bosnia & Herzegovina

FENA news agency reports on the US Agency for International Development’s continuing support for the International Commission on Missing Persons’ (ICMP) program in Bosnia and Herzegovina. While more than 70 percent of those who disappeared during the conflict of the 1990s have been accounted for, ICMP is working with the authorities and with families of the missing to account for around 8,000 people who are still missing.

Cambodia: victim calls for justice in the face of genocide

TIME Magazine interviews Youk Chhang, executive director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), and a victim of the abuses committed by the Khmer Rouge, who has dedicated his life to preserving the historical memory of the genocide committed against more than 2 million Cambodians.

Nicaragua: dissident police officers under threat

In the wake of increasingly violent protests between Nicaraguan authorities and anti-Sandista protestors, Al…

DNA Exclusion Database: Anonymous, Secure and Searchable

The Hague, 4 September 2018: ICMP hosted a workshop at its headquarters in The Hague today examining strategies for developing and using a Manufacturers’ Exclusion Database (MED) for companies working in the field of forensic science.

ICMP created a searchable MED, in cooperation with the European Network of Forensic Science institutes (ENFSI) and DNA consumable manufacturers, in 2014, and makes this accessible to DNA consumable manufacturers and DNA laboratories, allowing them to detect external contaminants coming from the forensic analysis supply chain. The MED provides forensic laboratories and police investigators with an anonymous, secure and searchable online database of DNA profiles to search for contaminations originating with manufacturers or otherwise detected in DNA laboratories.

Ingo Bastisch, Head of the DNA laboratory at the German Bundeskriminalamt, spoke at today’s workshop about the necessary role of the MED from the standpoint of the forensic user community. ICMP Director of Policy and Cooperation Andreas…

USAID Extends Missing Persons Support to ICMP To Assist Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo, 4 September 2018: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a grant of US$350,000 to a program implemented by the International Commission on Missing Persons’ (ICMP) that supports Bosnia and Herzegovina’s efforts to account for those who are still missing from the conflict of the 1990s. Besides USAID, other donors assisting the ICMP program in BiH are the European Union and Sweden.

ICMP’s program in Bosnia and Herzegovina provides assistance in forensic anthropology and archaeology, DNA matching and identification, and civil society development. In addition, ICMP is helping the authorities to address the interrelated issues of unidentified remains held in BIH mortuaries, and misidentifications that occurred before ICMP introduced DNA testing in 2001.

Matthew Holliday, the Head of ICMP’s Western Balkans Program, expressed the organization’s thanks for US support.

Noting that the BIH authorities have been able to account for almost 23,000 of the approximately 30,000 people who were…

Daily World News Digest, 4 September 2018

Massacre in Myanmar

Reuters has released a special report detailing the massacre of ten Rohingya men in Inn Din, Myanmar on 2 September 2017. The massacre is examined in the wider context of the genocide committed by Myanmar forces against Rohingya Muslims. Two Reuters journalists while reporting this article and remain in custody.

Sri Lanka: activists demand justice for the disappeared

At an event organized by Amnesty International in Sri Lanka to mark International Day of the Disappeared, activists demanded answers from the country’s Office on Missing Persons. The Hindu reports that at least 60,000 cases of enforced disappearance are estimated to have occurred in Sri Lanka since the 1980s.

Turkey: Saturday Mothers’ demonstration for the disappeared

Turkish riot police have again blocked a sit-in in Istanbul that has been held for decades by the activist group the Saturday Mothers to demand justice for political activists who disappeared…

Daily World News Digest, 3 September 2018

UNHCR: Mediterranean migrants face growing risks

A new report by the UN Human Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reveals that the journey across the Mediterranean has become even more deadly for migrants, with more than 1,600 people dead or missing so far this year. Despite total arrivals to Europe falling, the death rate has sharply increased. UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration have called for a “predictable, regional approach for the rescue and disembarkation of people in distress in the Mediterranean.”

HRW calls for answers in Syria disappearances

Human Rights Watch (HRW), in coordination with 14 other international human rights organizations, has published an open letter to the Astana Working Group on Detentions and Abductions in the Syrian Conflict, condemning the failure of the Syrian government to disclose more information about the deaths of people who were arbitrarily detained and held incommunicado by Syrian authorities. The letter calls on Turkey, Russia…