WHO: Martyr’s Foundation, Mass Graves Directorate, Medico Legal Directorate, UNITAD, ICMP, IOM, in coordination with the Yazidi community
WHAT: Exhumation of mass graves in Solagh and Kojo
WHEN: 24 October 2020, at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Solagh, Sinjar, Ninewa Governorate
In August 2014 the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) launched a deadly assault on Sinjar, Ninewa Governorate, overrunning Sinjar City and its surrounding areas. In Solagh subdistrict, ISIL militants committed mass killings of Yazidi women, and buried them in a mass grave. The remains from two such graves will be exhumed to then be matched, based on DNA sampling, with surviving family members. Authorities will return remains that are eventually identified to their families, giving them the opportunity to finally lay their loved ones to rest, appropriately and according to traditions.
The Iraqi Council of Ministers’ National Coordination Committee, along with the Mass Grave Directorate, Medico Legal Directorate, UNITAD, ICMP and IOM Iraq, invite you to cover…
Navy Officer arrested in Sri Lanka for disappearance of youths
The New Indian Express reported on Wednesday that a senior navy official and five others have been arrested in Colombo in connection with the disappearance of 11 youths between 2008 and 2009. The paper noted that the arrest comes as the government is due to introduce the “Disappearances Bill”, which is designed to bring Sri Lankan legislation into line with international norms on missing and disappeared persons. http://bit.ly/2tPbmLE
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Aljazeera reported on Thursday that the United Nations announced on Wednesday the likelihood of another 38 mass graves in the Diboko and Sumbula areas in western Democratic Republic of Congo. This adds up to at least 80 mass graves being found so far. The UN reports that more than 3,000 people have been killed in the area, 1.3 million displaced and…
Oslobodjenje daily newspaper published an article today by ICMP Commissioner Knut Vollebaek on the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. “This crime, in its scale and systematic execution, challenged the rule of law not just in a small Bosnian town but far beyond,” Vollebaek wrote. “It is imperative that this anniversary does not pass simply with hand-wringing and expressions of sorrow.” He noted that the perpetrators had “acted as though the law had been neutered” but that while “the process of asserting – or re-asserting – the rule of law in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been slow and incomplete, it has continued steadily for almost two decades. It is in the interest of civilized societies everywhere to understand what happened in Bosnia and Herzegovina in July 1995 and why it happened. The law that was cast aside then is the same law from which we seek protection today.” The…
An article by ICMP Commissioner Wim Kok on the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide was published by the BiH news portal klix.ba today. Noting that “the right response to evil is to set a clear course out of the darkness,” Commissioner Kok reviews the steps that have been taken to bring those responsible for the genocide to justice. He concludes that “Each of the simple white headstones that stand in serried rows in the country cemetery outside Srebrenica has a name. Each of the victims has been identified. And with each identification a portion of the killers’ evil intent has been confounded – because one of the objects of the genocide was to erase any trace that these people had ever existed. The intent was to destroy existence and memory. Each identification refutes this.” The full text of Commissioner Kok’s article can be read here http://bit.ly/1Cr3iCZ
Oslobodjenje, 21 March 2015
You recently met with Mr. Mladen Ivanic, after which the public statement noted that you shared the view that we need to find a solution and speed up the stalled process of tracing and identifying the missing. Is this one of your regular meetings with members of the Presidency, or is there a special reason?
I met with Chairman of the Presidency Ivanic on 24 February to brief him on the progress that has been made by Bosnia and Herzegovina and other countries in the region in addressing the issue of missing persons. Mr. Ivanic has on many occasions and in different capacities helped the process of accounting for the missing and I wanted to ask for his continued support for an effective, transparent and non-discriminatory effort and alert the Presidency to some of the pressing issues currently affecting this effort.
During the month of March, ICMP organized roundtables in Tuzla, Mostar, and Sarajevo to discuss ways of implementing recommendations in the BiH Stocktaking Report. The report, published by ICMP in December, describes two decades of efforts to account for the missing and examines specific issues affecting communities in every part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The roundtables brought together representatives of family associations and the authorities as well as academic and legal experts.
Key recommendations in the Stocktaking Report include:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina must remain vigilant in accounting for the remaining 8,000 persons missing from the conflict by ensuring that its institutions, including the Missing Persons Institute and the BIH Prosecutor’s Office remain strong and engaged;
- Bosnia must fully implement the Law on Missing Persons, which provides for the Central Records on Missing Persons (CEN), as well as for a Fund benefiting the families of the missing;
- Bosnia should explore new approaches to locating gravesites,…