Monthly Archives: July 2019

Berlin Process Poznan Meeting: Missing Persons Group Maintains Effort To Account for Those Still Missing from 1990s Conflicts in Former Yugoslavia

Sarajevo, 4 July 2019: A dedicated meeting on accounting for persons missing from the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia was held today in the framework of the 6th Berlin Process Summit in Poznan, Poland.

Last July, at the 5th Berlin Process Summit in London, the leaders of the 14 participating countries (Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia and the United Kingdom) signed a Joint Declaration asserting the need to intensify multilateral cooperation to locate and/or identify the 12,000 persons who are still missing from the conflicts as an important measure to ensure peace and stability in the region.

In the last two decades, by ensuring the cooperation of the relevant post-conflict governments, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) spearheaded a regional effort that has made it possible to account for 28,000 of the 40,000 people who were missing…

Daily Digest, 4 July 2019

Syria: mass grave containing 200 bodies discovered in Raqqa

A mass grave containing 200 sets of human remains has been found near the Syrian city of Raqqa, Middle East Eye reports. The grave is believed to contain victims of Da’esh, and as many as 800 people may be buried at the site.

Libya: death toll rises at migrant detention center

The Independent reports that the number of people killed in Wednesday’s airstrike on a migrant detention center in Libya has risen to 80. It says hospitals have received multiple casualties “of whom many are women and children”. The paper says that 600 people were being held in the facility, where migrants attempting to cross into Europe are detained after being picked up at sea.

Italy: Captain of migrant rescue boat freed

The BBC reports that an Italian court has found a German ship’s captain not guilty of endangering lives after…

Daily Digest, 3 July 2019

Amnesty warns of “catastrophic” human rights situation in Egypt

Amnesty International has accused the authorities in Egypt of “trying to normalize human rights violations” by passing laws to limit freedom of expression, association and assembly. Amnesty describes “a catastrophic and unprecedented deterioration” in the human rights situation, citing “torture and other ill-treatment, mass enforced disappearances, extrajudicial executions, and excessive use of force”.

Libya: airstrike on migrant detention center kills 40

An airstrike has hit a migrant holding facility in a suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli killing at least 40 civilians including women and children and injuring many more, the Independent reports. The UN has repeatedly described Libya as unsafe for migrants and has urged Libyan and European authorities not to settle refugees there.

Extrajudicial killings in Kenya

Human Rights Watch has raised the issue of extrajudicial killings in Kenya. It says 21 men and boys in Nairobi’s low…

Daily Digest, 2 July 2019

Iraq: third phase of Sinjar mass graves excavation

The Council of Ministers (CoM) of Iraq reports on its website on the launch of the third phase of mass graves excavation in the village of Kocho in Sinjar, northern Iraq. The Head of the CoM’s NGO Directorate Mohammed, Al-Tamimi, commended the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) for its assistance, while the Deputy Head of ICMP’s Iraq Program, Fawaz Abdulameer, said ICMP is offering its full support to the Iraqi National Team. The third phase started with the excavation of mass graves number 13 and 14, which contained 60 bodies. To date, 141 bodies have been exhumed from the Kocho mass graves. (Original article in Arabic).

Iraq: Two mass grave sites discovered

The Iraqi Army says it has discovered two mass grave sites that may contain the remains of Kuwaiti citizens who went missing during the 1990-1991 invasion of Kuwait, Shaafaq…

Daily Digest, 1 July 2019

Accounting for the missing is an investment in peace

The Diplomat magazine has published an article by María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila, Commissioner of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), explaining ICMP’s origins and strategy as it fulfills its global mandate as the only international organization exclusively tasked to account for large numbers of people who go missing as a result of conflict, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration and other causes.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: ICMP helps identify victims

A collective funeral for victims of a wartime massacre at Koricanske cliffs near Prijedor in northern Bosnia will be held on 20 July. Aljazeera reports on how the forensic team from the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has assisted the domestic authorities in exhuming and identifying human remains from the site. As of June 2019, ICMP had provided DNA match reports to the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and…