Daily Digest, 15 July 2019

Syria: detainee death notices

The Enab Baladi news portal reports on enforced disappearances in Syria, noting that, although official death notices of large numbers of detainees in Syrian prisons have been issued, “the bodies were not delivered to their parents, nor were they provided with the locations of their burial sites.” The report says lists of persons killed in detention centers have been sent to the Civil Registry, which then issues a death certificate. It says this “stands in the way of victims’ families in taking any legal action to determine the cause of death, its location, or even to claim the victim’s body.” https://bit.ly/2xOB4D0

Identification of MH17 victims

The Dutch TV news network, 1V, reports on the work of the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) to identify victims of the July 2014 downing of a Malaysian airliner, MH17, in Ukraine. It says NFI hopes to make a breakthrough in identifying the remains of the last two victims “with a technique that has been developed by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)”. To date, 296 victims have been identified (Original text in Dutch). https://bit.ly/2XKIxlK

Iraq: DNA helps identify victims of Da’esh

Recently exhumed human remains from mass graves in Sinjar in northwest Iraq will be compared with blood samples from surviving members of the community to help determine the fates of those still missing after Da’esh’s 2014 occupation, AFP reports. https://bit.ly/2XIHLGf

Iraq: memorial sites for Yezidi victims

The Movement of Yezidi Victim Families is coordinating with Iraqi authorities in Baghdad to build two memorial gravesites in Sinjar and Kocho Village for the Yezidi victims who will be exhumed from the mass graves, KirkukNow reports. In both Sinjar and Kocho, land has been donated for erecting the memorial sites and the idea has been supported by the Yezidi community. https://bit.ly/30wTbcW

Philippines could withdraw from UN rights body

Senior Philippines diplomats have hinted at a possible Philippines withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council, PhilStar reports, following a UN initiative to investigate the country’s “war on drugs”, which has been cited as a pretext for mass human rights violations. https://bit.ly/2Lm9iGR


 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.