Posts Categorized: Daily Digest

Daily Digest, 21 June 2019

Italy: call for action of researcher murdered in Egypt

The Guardian reports that the family of Giulio Regeni, who was murdered in Egypt in 2016, has urged the government to withdraw Italy’s ambassador to Cairo in response to what the family says has been interference in the proper investigation of the case. Regeni’s body was found on an outlying Cairo desert highway in February 2016, eight days after he disappeared while researching trade unions in Egypt. Italy recalled its ambassador once in April 2016 in objection to Egypt’s unwillingness to cooperate with an investigation into the murder.

Nepal: reparations for victims

Reliefweb reports on transitional justice efforts in Nepal, where the UN Human Rights Committee has urged implementation of reparations for those who were victims of human rights violations during the ten-year civil war. The report notes that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of Investigation and…

Daily Digest, 20 June 2019

ICMP: accounting for missing migrants

The JURIST legal news portal has published an op-ed by ICMP Commissioner Sanji Monageng in which she writes that the issue of missing migrants, refugees and displaced persons “cuts both internationally and domestically across a swathe of civil, criminal, and humanitarian law” and “has a direct bearing on the difficult relationship between the global South and the global North.” She notes that the appropriate response is to develop “a systemic approach based on the rule of law”.

Iraq: excavations of mass graves in Sinjar

The Lalish Media Network reports that the Iraqi National Team for mass graves is preparing the third phase of excavating graves in Kocho Village in Sinjar. Dr. Zaid Ali Abbass Al-Yousif, the Director of the Medico-Legal Department explained the technical challenges related to collecting DNA samples and asked for more support from the International Commission on Missing Persons and UNITAD….

Daily Digest, 19 June 2019

Malaysia: mass graves of human trafficking victims

The Malaysian Royal Commission of Inquiry into mass graves and human trafficking camps discovered in the north of the country in 2015 has concluded hearings and will issue a report later in the year. Radio Free Asia reports that 139 mass graves and 28 abandoned human trafficking camps were found, with many of the victims believed to be Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.

Venezuela: missing migrant figure increases

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that more than 80 Venezuelans have gone missing or died in the Caribbean in the past two months. The disappearances were caused by three shipwrecks in the Caribbean when the migrants were travelling to Trinidad and Tobago, where an estimated 51 to 67 Venezuelan migrants and refugees went missing.

Enforced disappearances in southern Thailand

Human Rights Watch has published an analysis of human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, related…

Daily Digest, 18 June 2019

Syria: 4,550 bodies exhumed from mass graves in the past year

Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reports on efforts by the local authorities in the Syrian city of Raqqa to locate and excavate mass graves. It describes the work of a small medical and legal team that accompanies exhumations. It says 4,550 bodies have been exhumed since January 2018, but only 900 have been identified and returned to families.

Mexico: forensic techniques will be “fine-tuned”

The Mexican radio channel, MVS reports that Undersecretary of Human Rights, Migration and Population Alejandro Encinas Rodríguez has told families of the missing that search protocols, exhumations, and identification techniques will be fine-tuned in order to address the missing persons issue more effectively.

Nepal: difficulties in recovering bodies of mountaineers

Channel News Asia reports on the difficulty of recovering the human remains of climbers who have died on Mount Everest. The report says the International Commission on…

Daily Digest, 17 June 2019

Mediterranean countries increase efforts to find missing persons
Countries in the Mediterranean have pledged to coordinate and increase their efforts to trace nearly 18,500 migrants that have gone missing since 2014 while making the perilous journey to Europe, AFP reports. The commitment was made as part of a Joint Process to account for missing migrants, which held its second meeting at the Headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons in The Hague.

Malta: pledges to increase efforts to find missing migrants in the Mediterranean
The online newsportal, NewsBook reports that representatives of Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta have met at ICMP HQ to discuss cooperation on the issue of missing migrants. In a Joint Statement, Malta, Greece and Cyprus said that “locating missing migrants requires effective cooperation among States in a range of fields, including improving the utility of available data, forensic and other technical aspects, and support to families…

Daily Digest, 14 June 2019

Wang Kelian: Syndicate could have been operating years before bodies’ discovery

A human trafficking syndicate in northern Malaysia could have been operating for several years before it was discovered by police in January 2015, The New Straits Times reports. A forensic expert testifying before the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the discovery of mass graves in Wang Kelian said that some bodies could have been buried three or four years before the discovery based on post-mortem examinations conducted on bodies exhumed from the graves. He added that bodies exhumed from the mass graves were received in stages between 25 May 25 and 8 June 2015, with 114 bodies received in total with the victims estimated to be 10 to 40 years old.

Venezuela: Migrants missing after boat reportedly sinks

Thirty-two Venezuelan migrants are reported missing after the boat they were travelling on sank, according to the BBC. The migrants left…

Daily Digest, 12 June 2019

United Nations Security Council addresses missing persons

The UN News Center reports that on Tuesday the Security Council adopted its first-ever resolution dealing specifically with persons reported missing in armed conflict. Unanimously adopting resolution 2474 (2019), the Council called upon parties to armed conflict to take all appropriate measures, to actively search for persons reported missing, to enable the return of their remains and to account for persons reported missing “without adverse distinction”.

Nadia Murad asks for protection for mass graves

Nadia Murad, the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, has asked the Iraqi Government and UN to take proper steps to protect mass graves from fires that have spread across the Sinjar area in northern Iraq, Ezidi 24 reports. Wild fires in the wheat and barley fields that contain mass graves have raised fears among the Yezidi community that the fires may damage mass graves and destroy evidence and human…

Daily Digest, 11 June 2019

ICMP: working on a global solution

The Hill newspaper in Washington DC carries an opinion piece today by the Chair of the International Commission on Missing persons (ICMP), Ambassador Thomas J Miller. Ambassador Miller notes that ICMP will host a series of meetings at its Headquarters in The Hague this week to tackle key aspects of the global challenge of missing persons, including efforts by states to account for migrants, refugees and displaced persons who go missing.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: exhumations at mass grave near Sarajevo

Mortal remains of twelve victims of the 1992-95 war have been exhumed from a mass grave on Mount Igman, southwest of Sarajevo, N1 reports. The mass grave was discovered last week after an investigation ordered by the State Prosecutor’s Office. The search was conducted by the Missing Persons Institute. The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is providing technical assistance at the excavation.

Daily Digest, 7 June 2019

Canada: missing indigenous women
The widespread killings and disappearances of indigenous women and girls in Canada constitute a “race-based genocide” that has claimed as many as 4,000 victims in the past 30 years, according to a landmark report released this week. The Guardian reports that the crisis is not confined to Canada: Indigenous women and girls in the US face estimated murder rates up to 10 times higher than the national average, and there is no comprehensive, federal database tracking cases related to the epidemic.

Mexico: missing persons figure increases in Michoacán
The Mexican newspaper, Mi Morelia reports a rising number of missing persons in recent years in the state of Michoacán. It says 400 people have gone missing in the last three months, of whom 259 have been found. State Attorney-General Alfredo Ramírez Bedolla says a forensics group is needed to identify unidentified human remains (Original article in Spanish)….

Daily Digest, 6 June 2019

Bosnia and Herzegovina: new mass grave found
The N1 news channel from southeast Europe reports that a mass grave has been found on Mount Igman near Sarajevo, believed to contain the human remains of residents of the village of Donij Hadzici who went missing in 1992. DNA tests will be undertaken to identify remains.

Ecuador: families of the missing call for better police training
The Association of Relatives and Friends of Missing Persons in Ecuador has requested a meeting with the State Attorney General to address the problem of missing persons in the country, the Ecuadorian online newspaper reports. It says there were 10,500 reported missing persons cases from 2014 to 2017 in Ecuador and families complain that police are not properly trained to carry out investigations (Original article in Spanish).

Malta: navy rescues 370 migrants from Mediterranean
AFP reports that Malta’s navy has rescued 370 migrants from the…