Daily Digest, 24 June 2019

Iraq: Yezidi women return after exhumations begin

Aljazeera reports that survivors are returning to Sinjar in northern Iraq following the start of a program to exhume human remains of Da’esh victims from mass graves. The fate of more than two thousand women who were kidnapped by Da’esh is still unknown. http://bit.ly/2J0lV6K

Yezidi survivors will be compensated by Iraqi Government

The Iraqi Government says it will provide 1,600 US dollars each to Yezidi survivors who were enslaved by Da’esh, Lalish Duhok reports. The Ministry of Migration and Displacement in Federal Iraq, says this compensation will be disbursed in the next 25 days. (Original article in Arabic). https://bit.ly/2KxUZ1p

More identifications in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Sarajevo Times reports that post-mortem samples from 12 sets of human remains recently exhumed from a mass grave on Mount Igman, near Sarajevo, will be sent for DNA analysis. It says the process has been coordinated and conducted under the supervision of a Special War Crimes Department investigator, with assistance from forensic anthropologists of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). https://bit.ly/2N6apfm

Venezuela: missing person report to be published  

The Ecuadorian newspaper El Universo reports on the visit to Venezuela by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. It says Ms. Bachelet will publish a report on 5 July with the stories of families of the missing and relatives of detainees who have been arrested for protesting in Venezuela (Original article in Spanish). http://bit.ly/2FuFN0Z

Philippines: call for investigation of unlawful killings

Human Rights Watch has urged the UN Security Council to establish an international investigation on extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reports that an estimated 27,000 people have been unlawfully killed as a result of the “war on drugs” in the Philippines, and HRW says there has been “little investigation behind any of the killings”. http://bit.ly/2ZGH8cC

Japan record number of missing persons in 2018

Nearly 88,000 people were reported missing in Japan in 2018, the highest number in the last decade. Conditions such as dementia are cited as the most common cause of disappearances, Anadolu Agency reports. https://bit.ly/2Nawbi3

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.