Daily World News Digest 20 January 2020

Missing Persons Institute urges BIH authorities to support families

Representatives of the Advisory Board of the Missing Persons Institute (MPI) of Bosnia and Herzegovina have urged the BIH authorities to implement the missing persons law, which provides for support to families of the missing, the Sarajevo Times reports. The Advisory Board members were speaking during a visit to the Headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in The Hague, where they were briefed on ICMP’s continuing support for BIH, including DNA-based identifications, and the pioneering use of Massively Parallel Sequencing (MPS), which can significantly increase the possibility of making identifications.

Two victims of the Srebrenica Genocide identified

Two victims of the Srebrenica Genocide whose remains were exhumed from the Liplje and Kamenica mass graves in Zvornik have been identified using DNA analysis, the Sarajevo Times reports. The paper notes that the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has assisted in identifying almost 7,000 of the 8,000 persons who were missing following the 1995 genocide.

Croatia: remains of four people exhumed near Vukovar

The remains of four people, believed to have been killed during the 1990s war in Croatia, have been excavated from a mass grave in the village of Marinci in Eastern Croatia, N1 reports. According to the Croatian Ministry of War Veterans’ Affairs, identification of the victims will be conducted at the Institute for Forensics in Zagreb.

UN calls for release of kidnapped Libyan parliament member

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has demanded the release of Siham Sergewa, a member of the Libyan House of Representatives, who was kidnapped and taken to an unknown location six months ago in the eastern city of Benghazi. The UN has called for the immediate release of all victims of forced disappearance and for those responsible to be held accountable.

Sri Lanka to legalize impunity for intelligence officials

The new government of Sri Lanka has approved plans to design laws aimed at granting immunity to members of the country’s intelligence services who have been accused of grave human rights violations, according to Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS). The National Intelligence Act was proposed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s elder brother and State Minister for Defence, Chamal Rajapaksa.

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.