Daily World News Digest, 19 September 2016

U.N. war crimes panel on Syria seeks access to refugees in Europe

Reuters reports that UN war crimes investigators today called on European countries to let them interview more newly-arrived Syrian refugees to document fresh violations, saying this has become increasingly difficult. “We are appealing to countries inside Europe hosting newly arrived Syrian refugees to grant us access and remove any barriers to our work,” Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. http://reut.rs/2cSxAqf

Mujuru to visit Gukurahundi mass graves

Zimeye.net, a news portal from Zimbabwe, reported yesterday that members of the Zimbabwe People First party have vowed to take their leader Joice Mujuru to the Balagwe Mine, the single biggest mass grave of the Gukurahundi campaign in the mid-1980s, when the government of President Robert Mugabe is accused of suppressing dissent with a campaign of systematic violence. The portal reports that thousands are buried in the disused Balagwe Mine. http://bit.ly/2cxyjKa

India “deflecting attention from Kashmir”

Ary News, a news portal from Pakistan, reported yesterday that in Geneva Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to United Nations Geneva Office Tehmina Janjua said that India “is trying to deflect the attention of the international community from its state-sponsored terrorism in Indian-occupied Kashmir”. The portal went on to note that the International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Kashmir has published a report that confirmed the presence of unmarked mass graves and that DNA tests have confirmed that the graves were of individuals from Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. http://bit.ly/2cok4cE

Nadia Murad becomes UN Ambassador

Euro News reported yesterday that Nadia Murad Basee Taha, a 23-year-old Yazidi woman who survived trafficking and sexual abuse at the hands of so-called Islamic State, has been appointed a UN Goodwill Ambassador. Murad advocates for those persecuted in Iraq by IS and has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work. In August 2014, the militant group killed some 5,000 Yazidi men who had become stranded in the Sinjar Mountains, in northern Iraq. http://bit.ly/2dcSOQm

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.