Daily World News Digest 17 December 2019

Accounting for the missing in the Western Balkans

Voice of America reports on a US State Department’s exchange study program on accounting for the missing in the Western Balkans. One of the participants, Samira Krehic, Deputy Head of ICMP’s Western Balkans Program explains how accounting for the missing is an investment in peace. (Video in B/C/S starts at 16:40) http://bit.ly/2RWXLjH

Activist against enforced disappearances wins Franco-German Prize

Mary Aileen Bacalso, the former secretary-general of the Asian Federation against Involuntary Disappearances, has won the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law for her work on behalf of victims of enforced disappearance and their families, Phil Star reports. http://bit.ly/2PRzngO

Malawi: extrajudicial killings by police

Police in Malawi have carried out extrajudicial killings in an anti-crime campaign, according to a report by the Center for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA), AFP reports. The CHREAA report cites extrajudicial killings of former prisoners and suspects in a systematic program. http://bit.ly/2tqONB4

US: possible evidence of historical mass graves in Tulsa

A team of forensic archaeologists who spent weeks using ground-penetrating radar at three sites looking for a mass grave from a 1921 massacre in Tulsa, Arizona, has announced that “anomalies” have been found consistent with mass graves, MSN reports. The scientists recommend a further radar survey and physical excavation of the sites. http://bit.ly/2PTWFlX

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.