Posts Categorized: Daily Digest

Daily Digest, 5 July 2019

Poznan Summit: Western Balkans progress in accounting for the missing

A dedicated meeting on accounting for persons missing from the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia has been held in the framework of the 6th Berlin Process Summit in Poznan, Poland. Representatives of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the regional Missing Persons Group (MPG) met with UK Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan, among other things to discuss the progress that has been made by the MPG in implementing the agreed Framework Plan to locate and/or identify the 12,000 persons who are still missing from the conflicts.

Migrant boat capsizes off Tunisia

More than 80 people are feared dead after their boat capsized of the coast of Tunisia according to the UN migration agency, The Guardian reports. The boat sank on Wednesday off the port town of Zarzis and 82 of the migrants who had been onboard 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…

Daily Digest, 28 June 2019

ICMP Commissioner Alistair Burt on missing migrants

In an interview with Justice Hub, ICMP Commissioner Alistair Burt has spoken about ICMP’s efforts to help states account for migrants who have gone missing in the Mediterranean. He describes how Cyprus, Greece, Italy, and Malta are engaged in a Joint Process to account for missing migrants more effectively.

Philippines war on drugs: casualties

The Philippine Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has highlighted the human tragedy that accompanies the 27,000 reported deaths as a result of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs”, Philstar reports. CHR spokesperson Jacqueline De Guia said “curbing the Philippines drug problem should not come at the expense of people’s rights and of their lives”.

HRW urges UN to act on abuses in Sudan, Philippines and China

Human Rights Watch has urged the UN to act urgently on abuses in Sudan, Philippines and China. HRW cites the crackdown by…

Daily Digest, 27 June 2019

Pedersen on accounting for the missing in Syria

Reuters reports on the latest efforts by newly-appointed UN Syria envoy Geir Pedersen to forge international consensus on next steps to end the eight-year conflict. In an interview, Pedersen says he has pressed the government of President Bashar al-Assad and the opposition Syrian National Commission on the importance of tackling the issue of people who have been detained or abducted or are missing, and he has appealed to them for “bigger unilateral steps on this”.

Mexico: a mother’s long struggle for truth

La Croix International reports on the efforts of a mother from the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua who has spent the last seven years looking for her son. She comments that the new government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is “much more aware of the magnitude of the problem of the missing,” and adds that “The federal government is listening…

Daily Digest, 26 June 2019

Iraq: exhumations in Sinjar

Kurdistan 24 reports on a visit by Dutch Ambassador Matthijs Wolters to the village of Kocho in Sinjar, northern Iraq, accompanied by representatives of ICMP and UNITAD. Da’esh massacred and abducted hundreds of Yezidis in Kocho in 2014. The Government of Iraq, UNITAD and ICMP are collecting evidence and exhuming mass graves in the village.

Malaysia: task force to investigate disappearance

The Malaysian authorities are to announce that a special task force will investigate the February 2017 abduction of Raymond Koh, a Christian pastor, and Amri Che Mat in November 2016, The Star Online reports. The task force will have a six-month mandate.

Bangladeshi migrants in Tunisia sent home

The Guardian reports that more than 30 migrants from Bangladesh who were trapped on a merchant ship off Tunisia for three weeks have been sent to their home country against their will, according to relatives. They…

Daily Digest, 25 June 2019

Extrajudicial killings in Philippines

The Philippine National Police has announced that 6,600 persons were killed between July 2016 and May 2019 in the campaign against illegal drugs initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte, the Inquirer reports. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says her office is following the situation closely due to the extraordinarily high number of deaths and persistent reports of extrajudicial killings.

Eritrea: “unknown number” jailed incommunicado

An article published by Human Rights Watch notes the UN Human Rights Council conclusion that in Eritrea “an unknown number of citizens are jailed incommunicado, without trial or opportunity to appeal and detainees are held in awful conditions that fail to meet basic minimum detention standards, while women and girls continue to risk sexual violence”.

Syria: political activist forcibly disappeared

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) reports that security forces in the city of Suwayda in southwestern Syria have…

Daily Digest, 24 June 2019

Iraq: Yezidi women return after exhumations begin

Aljazeera reports that survivors are returning to Sinjar in northern Iraq following the start of a program to exhume human remains of Da’esh victims from mass graves. The fate of more than two thousand women who were kidnapped by Da’esh is still unknown.

Yezidi survivors will be compensated by Iraqi Government

The Iraqi Government says it will provide 1,600 US dollars each to Yezidi survivors who were enslaved by Da’esh, Lalish Duhok reports. The Ministry of Migration and Displacement in Federal Iraq, says this compensation will be disbursed in the next 25 days. (Original article in Arabic).

More identifications in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Sarajevo Times reports that post-mortem samples from 12 sets of human remains recently exhumed from a mass grave on Mount Igman, near Sarajevo, will be sent for DNA analysis. It says the process has been coordinated and conducted…