Daily World News Digest, 23 November 2017

Ratko Mladic convicted of genocide

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has convicted ex-Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic of genocide and crimes against humanity. The ICTY found Mladic guilty on 10 of 11 charges, including the slaughter of 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica and the 43-month siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, in which more than 10,000 civilians were killed by shelling, mortar and sniper fire. Mladic was hustled out of the court minutes before the verdict for angrily shouting, “This is all lies, you are all liars!” http://tmsnrt.rs/2hLJaEf

Nepal: Prime Minister to give testimony on enforced disappearances

The Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP), one of the two transitional justice mechanisms in Nepal, is preparing to summon Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to record his statement on the charge that the state of emergency imposed during his tenure as prime minister during the 1996-2006 civil war was responsible for enforced disappearances. The CIEDP formed in February 2015 is investigating war-era cases of disappearance both by state actors and then Maoist rebels. http://bit.ly/2zf5ihw

 New Yezidi mass grave found in Sinjar

Another mass grave with the remains of dozens of Yezidis executed by Da’esh has been found in Sinjar. “The mass grave contains the bodies of 73 people, men, women and children executed by the Da’esh when they controlled the region,” a local official said. An investigation into mass graves conducted by the Associated Press and published in August 2016, concluded that between 5,200 and 15,000 people are buried in 72 mass graves in territory the militants formerly controlled between Iraq and Syria. http://bit.ly/2iHfv08

 Iraq uncovers new mass grave in Kirkuk

A mass grave has been uncovered in Iraq’s northern Kirkuk province, according to the local governor. The grave contains the remains of dozens of unidentified bodies in the town of Leylan, 15 kilometers north-east of Kirkuk. “The remains are believed to belong to the victims of unsolved murders that have taken place in the province since 2003,” Governor Rakan Saeed said. http://bit.ly/2ApTrkP

Items in 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