Monthly Archives: April 2019

Daily World News Digest, 4 April 2019

Syria: Rapid Response Team tackles mass graves

Wired reports on the Rapid Response Team that has formed in the northeast Syrian city of Raqqa to help locate and identify human remains buried in mass graves. The group is using social media to gather information on possible gravesites and making identifications on the basis of clothing and accessories.

Mexico: draft bill on missing persons

The Justice Commission of the Chamber of Deputies in Mexico has approved legislative amendments that would facilitate the investigative capacity of the National Search Commission for Missing Persons, the Excelsior newspaper reports (Original article in Spanish).

50 migrants still missing off Libyan coast

The search for 50 migrants is ongoing after the Sea Watch rescue vessel picked up 67 migrants off Libya. Aljazeera reports that the Sea Watch has been searching for 50 migrants off the coast since Monday but has yet not been able to locate…

Daily World News Digest, 3 April 2019

Sweden supports ICMP in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Swedish government will provide the International Commission on Missing Persons with additional funds to implement its program in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the FENA news agency reports. ICMP is helping the authorities to address the issue of unidentified remains held in BIH mortuaries. It is also providing Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology assistance, while ensuring that Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to have access to ICMP’s DNA testing and matching technology for human identification.

Spain: identifying Civil War victims

The authorities in Spain estimate that just six percent of the 114,000 unidentified Civil War victims buried in mass graves can be identified, the Ok Diario news portal reports. The article states that locating graves and securing access is a challenge, as is the deterioration of human remains as a result of exposure to the elements (original article in Spanish).

Syria: arbitrary arrests and enforced…

Sweden Supports ICMP in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo, 2 April 2019: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Embassy of Sweden in Sarajevo have signed an agreement under which Sweden will provide an additional 100.000 Euros to support ICMP’s program in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Including this additional funding, since 2002 Sweden has provided 23.000.000 SEK to support ICMP’s work in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“This new grant is part of Sweden’s long-term assistance for ICMP’s contribution to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s effort to account for the missing and to uphold the rights of survivors,” Marie Bergstrom, the Head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden, said today. “Accounting for those who are still missing is a crucial element in maintaining peace and stability. ICMP provides the authorities with targeted and effective assistance and this is why Sweden is supporting its program in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

Matthew Holliday, the Head of ICMP’s Western Balkans Program, thanked the Swedish…

Daily World News Digest, 2 April 2019

Spanish Civil War unidentified victims reburied after 80 years

The Associated Press reports that the remains of 46 unidentified victims of the Spanish Civil War have been reburied in the city of Pamplona, Spain. Those buried on Monday had been exhumed from mass graves by relatives’ associations with local governments’ funding. DNA tests are still inconclusive. Spain’s Socialist government has promised a national plan to carry out exhumations if they stay in power in an election later this month.

Mexico: Jalisco state authorities discuss legislation on missing persons

Members of congress in the state of Jalisco in western Mexico will this week discuss legislation designed to establish institutional mechanisms to address the issue of missing persons and enforced disappearances in the state, where more than 6,000 people have been reported missing (original article in Spanish).

More than 1,000 refugee children vanish from Dutch centers in five years

A full…

Daily World News Digest, 1 April 2019

Iraq: exhumations to continue in Sinjar

Relief Web reports that UNITAD (the UN Investigative Team for the Promotion of Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh) will continue to support the Government of Iraq’s team throughout April at exhumations being carried out in the Sinjar region by the Mass Graves Directorate (part of the Martyrs’ Foundation) and the Medico Legal Directorate (under the Ministry of Health). The work will be coordinated with the assistance of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), with which UNITAD has signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

4,247 enforced disappeared in Raqqa

The Syrian Network for Human Rights has published a report on enforced disappearance in Raqqa since the start of the Syrian conflict. It says 4,247 civilians have been disappeared in the city, mostly by Da’esh and the Syrian Regime. The report calls for international assistance for local teams that are trying to address the…