Daily World News Digest, 20 June 2018

ICMP delivers more DNA reports to Bosnia and Herzegovina

An article published on the Klix.ba news portal in Bosnia and Herzegovina states that 30 DNA reports delivered to the country’s Missing Persons Institute by the International Commission on Missing (ICMP) in The Hague concern human remains exhumed from a mass grave at Koricanske stijene in Central Bosnia. Last year, 135 dead bodies were exhumed from the site and DNA findings confirmed the identities of Bosniak and Croat civilians who were massacred in August 1992. (Article in BCS) https://bit.ly/2tbPRpu

Iraq: bodies for sale

The Shafaaq news portal cites a security source from Mosul as saying that volunteers recovering human remains in the city have sold bodies of ISIS militants to their relatives.  According to the source, the price of a body starts from 2000 and can reach 5000 US$. https://bit.ly/2MJgnOS

Mali says troops implicated in killings after mass graves found

Mali’s defense minister, Tiena Coulibaly, has acknowledged that soldiers were involved in killings in the country’s central region, which has been plagued by violence, Al Jazeera reports.  The minister’s comments on Tuesday came after local media reported that 25 bodies had been found in three mass graves after a military crackdown. https://bit.ly/2thxCiz

US “zero tolerance” policy criticized

Some 2,000 migrant children have been separated from their parents in the past few months after their families tried to cross the US border illegally. An audio recording in which migrant children can be heard crying for their parents has been released. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has described the current US “zero tolerance” policy on immigration as “unacceptable”, BBC news reports. https://bbc.in/2M3Jnjr

Many feared missing after ferry sinks in Indonesia

According to Al Jazeera, at least 166 people are believed to be missing after a ferry capsized in North Sumatra’s Toba Lake. Eighteen people were rescued earlier by a team of about 350 personnel. https://bit.ly/2ynWTMY

Belarus: inappropriate marking of a mass grave from Communist era

Radio Free Europe reports from the town of Kurapaty outside Minsk, where up to a quarter of a million people were executed between 1937 and 1941 during Stalin’s Great Terror. Seven decades later, Kurapaty has become the location of a restaurant called “Let’s Go and Eat”, sparking outrage among those who see the restaurant – and its name – as a disrespectful attempt to erase the past. https://bit.ly/2M2F9bN

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.