Daily World News Digest, 21 March 2019

ICMP testimony at trial for war crimes in Bosnia

The Associated Press has published a report on the UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (MICT) trial of Radovan Karadzic. On Wednesday, the MICT upheld the conviction of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic for genocide and war crimes, and extended his sentence to life in prison. AP interviewed ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger on ICMP’s expert testimony at the trial, explaining its work to assist in identifying thousands of victims through a DNA-led identification process. Please watch the interview from minute 5:00 to 6:00. https://bit.ly/2ugqF1c

Cambodia: land activist disappearance

Human Rights Watch has called on the authorities in Cambodia to reveal the whereabouts of a land activist, Sum Moeun, who was arrested by soldiers in Preah Vihear province in the north of the country on 20 January, 2019. Relatives of Sum Moeun said they received information that soldiers allegedly hit and beat him with gun butts and slapped him when they arrested him. In June 2013, Cambodia ratified the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance in June 2013. https://bit.ly/2Fr8axi

Algeria: missing migrants

An article published by the Institute for Security Studies examines the dynamics of irregular migration from Algeria, with the number of migrant detentions rising three-fold between 2015 and 2017. The article notes that, reflecting underlying frustrations with the regime of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, protestors “have explicitly referred to the migration issue. In Annaba and Algiers, families of disappeared migrants have marched, while across a far larger swath of cities protesters have chanted ‘harragas (migrants) are martyrs’.” https://bit.ly/2FtQKQV

Mexico: enforced disappearance of journalists

Deutsche Welle reports that Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Mexican nonprofit Propuesta Civica, which provides legal assistance to journalists, have called on the International Criminal Court to prosecute former Mexican presidents Felipe Calderon and Enrique Pena Nieto for the death and abduction of numerous Mexican journalists during their presidencies. During their time in power, 102 Mexican journalists were killed, and 14 were forcefully abducted. https://bit.ly/2CvLfiC


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.