Daily World News Digest, 22 March 2019

ICMP on justice in the Western Balkans

The Sarajevo Times reports that, following the final verdict handed down by the UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) in the case of Radovan Karadzic, ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger commented that “a chapter in the history of conflict in the Western Balkans has closed”, adding that “as those who were responsible for crimes are brought to justice, it is important that their victims are not forgotten”. She noted that 12,000 people are still missing from the conflicts of the 1990s. https://bit.ly/2Oj7NaV

Additional coverage by FENA: https://bit.ly/2untwFv

Philippines: families of the disappeared oppose “delisting” of victims

The “Desaparecidos” group in the Philippines, Families of the Disappeared for Justice, has written to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance asking it not to accept the government’s move to “delist” 625 victims of enforced disappearance in the Philippines from 1975 to 2012, PhilStar reports. https://bit.ly/2UOlHV7

First Sinjar mass grave exhumation in Kojo, Iraq

UNITAD, the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL, reports that the first exhumation of a Yezidi mass grave in the Shingal region was completed on Thursday. It says victims’ remains and associated evidence have been taken to the Medico-Legal Directorate in Baghdad. https://bit.ly/2U8e12C

Libya: migrants missing after boat sinks off the coast

Reuters reports that at least 30 migrants are believed to be missing after their boat sank off the western Libyan city of Sabratha this week. According to a survivor the boat was carrying almost 50 migrants; the body of a child was recovered and 16 migrants were rescued. https://reut.rs/2YgZMaX

US: National Missing Persons Conference

The 15th Annual National Missing Persons Conference for the Community United Effort Center for Missing Persons will be held in Wilmington, North Carolina, this weekend, WECT News reports. It says 600,000 people are reported missing in the US annually and the conference allows families, law enforcement, and search teams to come together for training and support. https://bit.ly/2OjYyrd

 

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.