Daily Digest, 23 July 2019

Former ICMP Chairman Bob Dole receives ‘Key to Sarajevo’

Retired US Senator and former Chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), Bob Dole, was awarded the ‘Key to Sarajevo’ on Monday by Sarajevo’s Mayor and City Council Chairman, reports N1. As stated by Sarajevo’s Mayor, Dole was one of the first politicians who described what happened in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995 as genocide and helped the country as head of the ICMP following its establishment in 1996. https://bit.ly/2O8pnlp

Turkey: Families looking for missing relatives

Families of six persons who mysteriously went missing in February last year are still searching for information from the authorities about the possible whereabouts of their missing relatives, writes Medium Word. The missing are former public servants, who, according to the account of their families, were abducted by unknown men believed to be connected with Turkey’s security forces. https://bit.ly/2Z3cMRO

Amnesty calls Philippines not to re-impose death penalty

Renewed calls by President Duerte to re-impose the death penalty in the Philippines will worsen the country’s climate of impunity amid government’s campaign war on drugs, said Amnesty International as reported by Inquirer. Rights group warns that with extrajudicial killings still occurring across the country, talk of bringing back the death penalty is abhorrent. https://bit.ly/32N2Gqc

Saudi Arabia: Qatari national freed after arbitrary detention

Mohsen Saleh Saadoun al-Karbi, a Qatari national who has been held in Saudi Arabia since April 2018 was released from prison, reports Aljazeera. Al-Karbi was arbitrarily detained for more than a year and was prohibited to contact his family and lawyer during this time. The family and his lawyer were unable to determine the exact location of al-Karbi’s detention or learn what the alleged crimes against him entailed. https://bit.ly/30N43Uf

Iraq: Three mass graves will be excavated in Al-Muthanna Province

The Iraqi National Team for the mass graves has almost finished the excavation of the first mass grave in Al-Muthanna Province in the South of Iraq. As reported by Rudaw Media Network, they will start the excavation of two other mass graves in the same area. According to Rebwar Jalal, the Director of the Mass Grave Directorate in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs (MoMAA), “around 400 Kurds executed during the Anfal Campaign in 1988 are expected to be exhumed in all three mass graves. Following the excavation, the remains will be sent to the Medico-Legal Department in Baghdad for DNA sampling which will later be compared to the samples collected from surviving family members.” http://bit.ly/2Yo68s5

Eight EU nations agree deal for migrants

Eight EU countries – Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Portugal – have agreed to share the resettlement of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean, reports BBC. According to French President Emmanuel Macron, another six nations backed in principle a Franco-German plan at talks in Paris, but Italy is not one of them. https://bbc.in/2Yd5tKb

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.