Daily Digest, 12 July 2019

Srebrenica: identifying the victims of genocide

The Herald newspaper from Scotland carries a story about this week’s anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, following the experience of Scottish musicians who recently visited Bosnia and Herzegovina, where they visited a human identification facility established by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). The article highlights the work of ICMP Forensic Anthropologist Dragana Vucetic and others who are working to ensure that victims are identified and that the truth of what happened in Srebrenica continues to be told. https://bit.ly/2G9RTNj

Srebrenica: A transparent and truthful account is essential for peace  

TV1 news from Bosnia and Herzegovina carries a statement by ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger on the 24th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. “It is essential to continue efforts to account for those who are still missing and to bring those who were responsible to justice. A historical record based on scientific fact reduces the scope for unscrupulous leaders to exploit popular fears and popular resentments,” Ms Bomberger said, adding that governments and political authorities must continue to work together to resolve the remaining missing persons cases and to ensure that reliable and accurate information is provided to families and the public (Original article in Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian). https://bit.ly/30py5x0

Srebrenica: the long road to justice

Business Insider reports on the anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide and the effort spearheaded by ICMP, which has made it possible to identify 7,000 of the 8,000 victims so far. The article quotes ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger: “Those who killed in Srebrenica in July 1995 believed they could get away with murder. They thought they could erase the identity of their victims permanently. They were wrong.” https://bit.ly/2LVNLE6

Carmel Agius: Srebrenica genocide must never happen again

On the 24th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, the N1 news channel in Bosnia and Herzegovina carries a statement by Carmel Agius, the President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), the court that took over from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). “This should never happen again,“ Agius said, “and those who do not care about the suffering of the victims and their families and continue to deny what the Tribunal has confirmed must stop doing so.” https://bit.ly/2XGEKBn

Bosnia and Herzegovina: New mass grave discovered near Visegrad

A new mass grave has been discovered in Visegrad municipality in eastern Bosnia, N1 reports. The victims are believed to be from Visegrad and Srebrenica. A mass grave containing victims of the Srebrenica genocide was discovered at the same location some time ago. The BiH Missing Persons Institute says the site is in a remote area and access is limited. https://bit.ly/2XGXnov

UN launches “comprehensive“ review of Philippines drug war

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has adopted a resolution authorizing UNHCHR Michelle Bachelet to begin investigating President Rodrigo Duterte’s violent war on drugs in the Philippines amid accusations of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and crimes against humanity, The Guardian reports. http://bit.ly/2Y8nitS

 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.