Daily World News Digest, 10 July 2018

US border: concerns over DNA tests to reunite migrant families

The US government’s plan to reunite immigrant children with their parents via DNA testing is an unusual but not unprecedented use of the swab-based tests, Reuters reports, adding that “it’s unknown what type of tests are done, who does them, how accurate they are and whether the genetic information gathered about the immigrants will be included in US government databases.” The administration said it would start DNA tests after a court order to reunite families separated under its “zero-tolerance immigration policy. https://usat.ly/2m67WBr

Truck carrying 35 Srebrenica victims passes through Sarajevo

A truck carrying the remains of 35 newly identified victims of the Srebrenica genocide passed through Sarajevo on Monday on its way to the Srebrenica Memorial Center, where the bodies will be laid to rest on 11 July. The youngest victim of the 1995 massacre to be buried this year is 16-year-old Vesid Ibric, while the oldest is 71-year-old Sahin Halilovic. A woman is among those to be buried: Remzija Dudic, was 20 years old and pregnant at the time of death. After the massacre, the bodies of victims were buried in mass graves, later exhumed and identified through DNA analysis. https://bit.ly/2u9uNjP

Sri Lanka: families of the disappeared demand justice

The Tamil Guardian reports that although the conflict in Sri Lanka ended nearly a decade ago, the search for answers continues as families protest the inefficiency of various government mechanisms and pledges to achieve justice. The newspaper is publishing a series of interviews with relatives of the disappeared. https://bit.ly/2zpjk4z

Iraq: legal system “may fail Yezidi victims”

The Rudaw network in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq reports on Da’esh militants being tried in Iraqi courts for belonging to or helping ISIL but not for specific crimes against humanity. Genocide cases have been impeded because of a lack of evidence. One judge notes that, “the Yezidi mass graves have not been investigated yet, and it takes a long time,” though he adds that exhuming human remains from the mass graves is “a good start” to collecting evidence for cases dealing with genocide in Iraqi courts (article in Kurdish). https://bit.ly/2KWtEWt

Recovering 36 bodies of the Speicher victims

Authorities in Tikrit say they have recovered 36 bodies from “grave number 17” in the presidential palaces complex where victims of the 2014 Camp Speicher massacre are buried in mass graves. The Iraqi Ministry of Health says that 734 victims of the massacre have been exhumed and identified (article in Arabic). https://bit.ly/2KJEMXA

Gambia identifies exhumed bodies

The authorities in Gambia have identified four bodies that were exhumed in 2017 to shed light on the circumstances of their deaths and allow their families to hold proper burials, the New Zealand Herald reports. President Yahya Jammeh’s rule was marked by arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings throughout Gambia. https://bit.ly/2L3moVu

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.