Daily World News Digest, 14 December 2016

Ratko Mladic trial due to end on 15 December

France 24 reported yesterday on the four-year trial of Ratko Mladic, former military chief of the Bosnian Serbs, which is due to end on 15 December. Of the 30,000 people who went missing in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995, 8,000 are still unaccounted for, the article says. The corpses are identified in the laboratories of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). The families of the victims provided blood samples to allow DNA comparison with human remains. The article notes that 89 percent of Srebrenica genocide victims who have been identified have been identified using this procedure. http://f24.my/2hvBNjt

NGO defends report on extrajudicial killings in Kenya

The Mombasa News reported yesterday that Haki Africa, a human rights NGO, has defended its report on extrajudicial killings in Kenya’s Coast province. The organization’s executive director, Hussein Khalid, said the report contained factual information based on research and meetings with victims and human rights activists in the region. Speaking on Saturday at an event in Mombasa to mark World Human Rights Day, Khalid defended the report saying police officers are behind the killing and disappearance of 81 people at the Coast in the past five years. http://bit.ly/2hvv8Wq

Nigeria urged to change policy on minority group

Human Rights Watch released a statement today calling on the Nigerian authorities “to end their violent repression” of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), a minority Shia group. The statement cites a three-day lethal crackdown on 12-14 December 2015. “Nigerian authorities should hold accountable anyone who has committed crimes against Islamic Movement members, and take immediate steps to comply with a federal court order mandating the release of (IMN leader) Sheik El Zakzaky and his wife,” Human Rights Watch said. http://bit.ly/2gHkM8U

Texas introduces database to identify missing migrants

Vibe.com, a U.S. news website, reported yesterday on a new identification program launched by the Texas Observer. With the launch of I Have a Name/Yo Tengo Nombre, the Texas Observer aims to provide closure for families of migrants gone missing trying to cross the Texas border. It quotes Texas Observer editor Forrest Wilder as saying that “Many of the migrants’ remains have been mishandled; some were buried in black trash bags in mass graves. Even when the deceased are properly handled by law enforcement and forensic scientists, identification is difficult because of how disorganized and decentralized local, state and federal authorities are.”  http://bit.ly/2hvy31C

Protests against detentions in China

China Digital Times, carried an article yesterday about Human Rights Day, saying that “the occasion brought a chorus of protests over abuses in China, from detentions and prosecutions of rights lawyers to measures against citizen journalists and NGOs.” The article cited an open letter from International Pen in support of detained journalists, some of whom are also listed in the Committee to Protect Journalists’ annual census of imprisoned journalists, published on Tuesday. The organization reported that China had the world’s second highest number of incarcerated journalists, surpassed after two years by Turkey as it cracked down after the failed coup in July.  http://bit.ly/2gKbaZl

Items in 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.