Daily World News Digest, 16 July 2015

Croatia court refuses to release “Captain Dragan”

Balkan Insight reported on 15 July that Split County Court on Wednesday denied an appeal to release the former Serb paramilitary commander from the 1990s, Dragan Vasiljkovic, alias Captain Dragan, from custody. Vasiljkovic arrived in Croatia last Thursday and was placed into custody for a month during the investigation. He will remain in prison in Split, southern Croatia, while the Croatian state attorney’s office, DORH, continues investigating the crimes in which he allegedly participated. DORH suspects he committed war crimes against civilians and prisoners of war in Knin and Bruska in the Dalmatian inland in 1991 1992 and in Glina, central Croatia. http://bit.ly/1RA3hTO

Daily life in Srebrenica goes on show in Serbia

Balkan Insight carried a story on 15 July saying that a new exhibition in Belgrade, “Srebrenica Today”, takes a new look at life in the notorious eastern Bosnian town, two decades after the Dayton peace deal was signed. Srebrenica and their stories, presenting everyday life in the former enclave – notorious as the site of the worst atrocity in Europe since the Second World War. The aim is to show how the town of Srebrenica looks two decades after massacre, which the Hague Tribunal has deemed an act of genocide. http://bit.ly/1RA3BCf

Migrants say Hungarian wall “won’t stop them”

b92, news portal from Serbia, reported on 14 July that after the Hungarian army has started building a fence along the border with Serbia in a bid to keep migrants who come to Serbia from third countries continue to arrive at the northern border. News crews are allowed to film in the area where preparation works are ongoing, but their movement is limited to 100 square meters. The building of the fence itself will soon start, while according to announcements, 150 meters should be completed by the end of the week. Some 30 kilometers away, in the Serbian town of Kanjiza, facilities were supposed to be provided to assist the migrants. http://bit.ly/1e1kxPy

“Ogun state holds national record in missing persons”

The News, news portal from Nigeria, carried a story on 15 July saying that Ogun state, Southwest Nigeria now holds the national record of being the most unsafe, where people disappear without trace. Arinze Orakwe, the director of public enlightenment, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and Other Related Matters(NAPTIP) disclosed this at a Media Roundtable on Trafficking in Persons organised by the European Union in Calabar, Cross River state. “The most dangerous place where people disappear now is Ogun State,” he said. He linked the high rate of human disappearance to the use of human organs for rituals, what he called organ harvesting. http://bit.ly/1OeCRlg

Terrorists kill 25 in Borno

The Puls, Nigerian news portal, reported on 15 July that Boko Haram terrorists have killed 25 persons in Borno State. The insurgents attacked Mainok village in the Konduga Local Government area of the state, at about 6pm on Monday, July 13, 2015, Punch reports. The incident was confirmed by a local vigilante, Abba Izge who said that the attack lasted more than three hours. “More than 30 vehicles that were trapped were burnt down as well as hundreds of homes. The entire town was left to mourn the dead and bury their lost ones; some of them burnt beyond recognition,” Izge said. “Some of the foodstuffs of the villagers were carted away,” he added. Izge also said that many villagers had gone missing since the attack leading to the belief that they may be forced to join Boko Haram’s ranks. http://bit.ly/1e1jhfe

Welcoming a hybrid attempt at justice for the Central African Republic

The World Post reported on 15 July that on 22 April the Transitional Council in the Central African Republic (CAR) adopted a law by majority to set up a hybrid judicial mechanism – a “Special Criminal Court” (SCC) within its national judicial system to investigate and prosecute individuals responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in its territory since 2003. The Special Criminal Court is important because, to date, the national judicial system has shown not to have the required capacity and expertise to investigate and prosecute the very complex crimes that took place in the country (including murder, looting and wide-scale burning of villages, extra-judicial executions, enforced disappearances, torture and arbitrary arrest and detention). http://huff.to/1I3ViYU

“Make missing people a campaign issue”

Trinidad Express, daily in Trinidad and Tobago, reported on 15 July that the families of missing people have sent a message to politicians to remember their loved ones during the election campaign. Disappointed in the response of police officers, the families are appealing for a special police unit to track down missing people. Several people have vanished without a trace in the past year and their families believe the police have turned their backs on them. http://bit.ly/1Ji5ucY

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.