Daily World News Digest, 23 May 2019

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mass funeral for ‘Koricanske Stijene’ massacre victims to take place in July

Balkan Insight reports that human remains exhumed from the mass graves of the 1992 Koricanske Stijene massacre of more than 200 Bosniak and Croat men will be buried in July. The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has assisted with the excavations and with DNA matching, enabling the reliable identification of 179 victims so far. https://bit.ly/2X4PkCA

Syria: 670 bodies exhumed from mass graves

Middle East Monitor reports that 670 sets of human remains have been exhumed from a mass grave in the northern city of Raqqa in Syria. The report notes that the exhumations are from the first row of the gravesite and that there are plans to excavate several more rows. https://bit.ly/2VYTJu8

UNITAD submits report on mass graves in Iraq to the UN Security Council

The UN Office in Iraq says UNITAD has reported to the UN Security Council on progress in collecting forensic evidence in the village of Kojo in the Sinjar region of Iraq. The Investigative Team has been involved in exhuming a series of mass graves and collecting further evidence in support of holding Da’esh accountable for crimes against humanity and war crimes. https://bit.ly/2HvQbqG

United States: facial recognition ban “could harm missing persons cases”

The US city of San Francisco has banned the use of facial recognition software in law enforcements and other agencies, the Parentology news portal reports. It says the ban has prompted debate as the software has been helpful to law enforcement agencies in solving cases of missing or trafficked children. https://bit.ly/2JZ6u0G

Burkina Faso extrajudicial killings

Human Rights Watch has called on security forces in Burkina Faso to respect human rights during military operations to respond to armed Islamist groups. HRW is investigating allegations that government security forces committed extrajudicial killings. It is urging both sides oin the conflict to refrain from committing unlawful killings, kidnapping and other human rights abuses. https://bit.ly/2X0d0rF

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.