Daily Digest, 19 July 2019

El Salvador: new charges for El Mozote massacre

AP reports that 17 former members of El Salvador’s military, including ex-leaders of the armed forces, will face charges of torture, forced disappearance and forced displacement connected with the 1981 El Mozote massacre, when 989 civilians were killed.  The defendants were already on trial on charges that included murder, rape, theft, terrorism, while new charges encompass alleged crimes against humanity from the incident. https://bit.ly/2O47ynT

Srebrenica: Netherlands “partially responsible” for 300 deaths

The Supreme Court of the Netherlands has upheld the 2017 Appellate Court’s judgment that the Netherlands is partly responsible for the deaths of 300 people killed in Srebrenica in July 1995, Euronews reports. In 2007, survivors sued the Netherlands, and seven years later The Hague District Court found that the Netherlands was responsible for the deaths of more than 300 men who had been deported by the Dutch battalion from the UN base. https://bit.ly/2SmR2xw

Syria: forced disappearances

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) reports that in the first half of 2019 there have been at least 2,460 cases of arbitrary detention in Syria, according to Al-Monitor. The SNHR last year estimated that more than 90,000 people have been victims of enforced disappearance in Syria. https://bit.ly/2XXtBkJ

 Kenya: Unlawful killings

Human Rights Watch has called on the authorities in Kenya to address “the large number of police killings in some of Nairobi’s poorest neighborhoods”. It says Nairobi police have unlawfully killed at least 21 alleged suspects, with most of the killings either not reported or investigated by authorities. HRW concludes that “In Kenya a lack of accountability for police abuses persists.” https://bit.ly/2O4gWb2

Canada: new initiative on missing persons

The Ontario Government is providing frontline police officers with more tools to respond quickly to missing persons investigations. The Toronto Police Service investigates between 4,000 and 5,000 missing person reports every year. New legislation will allow police to obtain copies of records that may assist in a search; obtain a search warrant to enter a premises to locate a missing person; and make an urgent demand for certain records without a court order. https://bit.ly/2GdHcJF


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.