Daily Digest, 22 July 2019

The third phase of Sinjar mass grave excavations is finished

As reported by MGD, the Iraqi National Team for mass graves, with support from the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), finished the third phase of excavating Sinjar mass graves in Kocho village during which 94 human remains and bodies have been exhumed. MGD also reports that a mass grave outside of Kocho in the area of Al Sabahiya has also been excavated. Mohammed Al Tamimi, the Head of Non-Governmental Organization Department requested that all international stakeholders “fully implement the provisions of the UN Security Council Resolution 2379 on investigating the Da’esh crimes in terms of building the capacity of Iraqi institutions working on the mass graves.” (Original article in Arabic). http://bit.ly/2O7EjAr

A new data for Yezidi missing persons

The Yezidi Rescue Office has published an updated data about the number of the Yezidi missing persons who had been enslaved by Da’esh in 2014. The new data states that 2,930 people are still missing, Lalish Duhok reported. According to these figures, 1,338 women and 1,592 men are still unaccounted for, while there is a possibility that some women and children may be rescued from the camps built for Da’esh families. (Original article in Arabic). http://bit.ly/2Z5mPWf

Bosnia and Herzegovina: eighty-six victims of Prijedor massacre laid to rest

Hundreds of people gathered on Saturday for the funeral of 86 victims of a massacre committed in Prijedor at the beginning of the 1990s war, Sarajevo Times reports. The victims were part of a group of more than 200 civilians, mostly Muslim, and several Catholics, who were held in a detention camp at Trnopolje, in the region of Prijedor. The victims’ remains, mostly adult male and a number of teenagers, were found in 2017 in a mass grave at Koricanske Stijene, a mountain region of central Bosnia. http://bit.ly/32KiIRG

Cameroon: security forces kill civilians

Human Rights Watch reports that Cameroonian security forces have killed at least four civilians and raped one woman since mid-June 2019 during security operations in the North-West region. The rights group has interviewed witnesses, victims’ family members, medical personnel, and other residents who described the security forces’ actions. They have also called on both Cameroonian authorities and the separatists to stop abuses against civilians and respect the human rights law strictly. http://bit.ly/2JXOSR4

Vatican: Human remains found in a crypt

Evening Standard reports on the thousands of human bones that have been unearthed in a cavernous underground space near a Vatican cemetery by investigators who are trying to unravel the mystery of the disappearance of a teenage girl who vanished in the Vatican City in 1983. A genetics expert said the mass grave contained bones from dozens of individuals, both adult and non-adult. http://bit.ly/2GACyFV

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.