Daily World News Digest, 24 February 2015

Kosovo’s Thaci criticized for genocide suit threat

BalkanInsight reported on 23 February that Kosovo Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci has come under criticism for saying at the weekend that Kosovo is considering suing Serbia for genocide committed during the 1998-99 conflict. “Serbia definitely committed genocide in Kosovo. We have evidence, we have testimony and the entire world knows,” he told Turkish news agency Anadolu. Thaci, who is also the deputy prime minister, said that Pristina would apply to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) after evaluating “internal and international circumstances”. This month the ICJ rejected claims by both Croatia and Serbia, who were accusing each other of genocide during the 1991-95 war. http://bit.ly/1wj1Z68

UK: Amend Modern Slavery Bill

The UK House of Lords should amend the Modern Slavery Bill to restore the right for migrant domestic workers to change employers, Human Rights Watch and the UK charity Kalayaan said today in a joint statement. The bill is being considered this week in the upper chamber of the British parliament. An amendment to the bill introduced on 6 February would end the current “tied visa” system, which forces migrant workers either to stay with an abusive employer or to become undocumented if they leave. http://bit.ly/1A2EN6Q

Death toll in Bangladesh ferry disaster reaches 70

The Associated Press reported on 23 February that the death toll from a weekend ferry disaster in central Bangladesh had risen to 70 on Monday. The official search for more bodies by divers at the accident site was called off late Monday morning after the ferry was brought to the surface and towed to the shore. A local government administrator said they would continue to monitor the river around the accident site as there were still “some missing.” Up to 140 passengers were thought to be on the river ferry when it capsized Sunday afternoon after being hit by a cargo vessel. Rescuers recovered 48 bodies on Sunday and another 22 on Monday. http://abcn.ws/1zcgIdD

Can Nepal’s TRC Finally Bring Closure to its War Survivors?

InterPressService News Agency reported on 24 February on a case involving the Communist Party of Nepal, which is accused of killing a school principal during the ten-year conflict that ended in 2006. “The consultation, ownership, and participation of conflict victims are a must for the successful completion of the transition to justice,” Suman Adhikari, son of Muktinath Adhikari, the school principal, told IPS. The International Committee of the Red Cross has recorded more than 1,350 cases of disappearances in Nepal that have not yet been resolved. http://bit.ly/1LAsrve

Mexicans seek missing relatives in mass graves

France24 International News reported on 23 February that residents of Iguala in the state of Guerrero, exasperated by the authorities’ lack of effectiveness, are excavating numerous mass graves to try to locate the bodies of hundreds of locals who have gone missing in recent years. It’s a risky endeavor, since the region is plagued by criminal organizations, the report says. The search began when 43 students disappeared on 26 September. The goal is to look for the students and for the bodies of all the others who have disappeared. http://f24.my/1FOM6Y1

2,091 missing children found in Mumbai

The Times of India reported on 22 February that the Mumbai city police located 2,091 children out of 2,527 children who went missing in 2014 in a special drive to trace missing children. Of the 2,091 traced children 1,249 are girls. Police said that around 10 percent of children are still missing. In November, Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria announced a special drive to trace missing persons. Every police station now has three to four officers who are dedicated to tracing missing children. Maria also announced cash rewards for police teams that trace a child. http://bit.ly/1zca6fk

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.