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. https://bit.ly/2R6k9Vb

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. http://bit.ly/2IC24KQ

Iraq: Yezidi victims from mass graves to be identified

The Iraqi authorities said on Sunday that DNA testing will be used to identify 141 sets of human remains found in 12 mass graves in the Sinjar region of northern Iraq, Associated Press reports. The 12 graves are believed to contain Yezidi victims of Da’esh. https://bit.ly/2K8j6DF

Mexico: torture and forced disappearance remembered

The Mexican newspaper El Financiero reports that places in Mexico City where torture and enforced disappearance have taken place will be identified and presented to the public. Undersecretary of Human Rights, Population and Migration Alejandro Encines said the objective will be to commemorate victims of human rights violations (Original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2Zk1zfo

Mali: nearly 100 villagers murdered

Amnesty International UK has called for an investigation into the violence that took place in the village of Sobame Da in Mali, where nearly 100 people are reported to have been murdered. The report notes that the “growing unrest and subsequent violence reported in the center of the country are characterized by killings, enforced disappearances and burning of villages on an appalling scale”. https://bit.ly/2F2Ard4

Protests in Srinagar against enforced disappearances

On Monday dozens of members of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) held a sit-in protest against the enforced disappearance of their relatives in the city of Srinagar in India. APDP members held placards and photographs of their relatives who disappeared in the 1990s. “The victim families won’t stop, till they get their disappeared children back,” APDP Chairperson Parveena Ahanger said, according to United News of India. https://bit.ly/2WtI0PZ

Execution sites located in North Korea

A human rights group said it has identified hundreds of spots where witnesses claim North Korea carried out public executions and extrajudicial state killings, the Associated Press reports. The Seoul-based Transitional Justice Working Group said that this research was based on interviews with 610 North Korean defectors. Research was conducted over four years and North Korean defectors helped locate the sites with satellite imagery. https://bit.ly/2KawF5G

Items in the Daily World News Digest are summaries of published reports relevant to the issue of missing persons, compiled by ICMP staff. These items do not necessarily reflect the position of ICMP.