Daily World News Digest, 12 October 2018

Indonesia: search for missing children after the earthquake

Nearly two weeks after the earthquake and tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, parents and children separated in the chaos are trying to locate one another, NPR reports. In the first ten days, UNICEF and Save the Children registered about 100 unaccompanied minors and have also received reports from families of more than 200 missing children. While families have identified some of the dead, hundreds of unidentified bodies have been buried in a mass grave east of the town of Poboya.   https://n.pr/2PvGBpd

Sri Lanka: Compensation for war victims

The Sri Lankan parliament has passed a law to pay compensation to victims of the 30-year-long separatist war between the Sri Lankan Army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, according to Business Standard. According to official figures, around 20,000 people are missing due to various conflicts, including the separatist war, in the north and east. https://bit.ly/2RIYouw

Bosnia and Herzegovina: officer sentenced for Srebrenica genocide

Bosnian Serb army officer Ostoja Stanisic was sentenced by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s State Court to five years in prison for committing the crime of genocide in Srebrenica, N1 Info reports. Stanisic and his deputy, Marko Milosevic, who was acquitted of all charges, were charged with the murder of 800 Srebrenica residents in July 1995 near Zvornik. https://bit.ly/2Eg72hF

Bangladesh Cabinet approves death sentence for drug crimes

The Associated Press reports that Bangladesh’s Cabinet has approved a draft law proposing the death penalty for drug offenses. Approval came months into an anti-drug crackdown in which rights groups say there is a high number of extrajudicial killings and arbitrary arrests. http://bit.ly/2A6djbG

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.