Daily Digest, 17 July 2019

European Disaster Victim Identification center

A new European approach to large-scale identification processes must be developed, the author of an opinion piece carried on the website of Dutch national broadcaster BNNVARA writes on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the MH17 attack, which killed 296 passengers and crew on a Malaysian Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The author recommends the establishment of a European disaster identification center that can work with the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) “as its expertise, infrastructure, authority, experience and forensic capacity are centrally organized” (Orginal article in Dutch) https://bit.ly/32x9yrV

Iraq: UNITAD makes progress

The Head of the UN team investigating Da’esh crimes in Iraq (UNITAD), Karim Khan, has told the UN Security Council that UNITAD is making tangible progress in acquiring digital, documentary, testimonial and forensic evidences to prosecute Da’esh members who committed atrocities in three initial areas which are “attacks committed by ISIL against the Yazidi community in the Sinjar district in August 2014, crimes committed by ISIL in Mosul between 2014 and 2016, and the mass killing of unarmed Iraqi air force cadets from Tikrit Air Academy in June 2014”.  https://bit.ly/2LozYqo

Višegrad: new mass grave found

The Anadolu news agency reports on exhumations at a newly-discovered mass grave near Visegrad in Bosnia and Herzegovina  The BiH Missing Persons Institute says four sets of human remains have been found so far (Original article in Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian). https://bit.ly/2Sjlit5

Myanmar: US sanctions over Rohingya abuses

The US has announced sanctions against senior Myanmar military officers following the release of soldiers convicted of extrajudicial killings at the village of Inn Din during the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya in 2017, Reuters reports. https://bit.ly/2XMovY7


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.