Daily World News Digest, 24 March 2016

Verdict near for Karadzic, but his legacy remains in Bosnia

Voice of America carried a story on 23 March saying that Mirsada Malagic won’t be celebrating if former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is convicted and sentenced to life Thursday in his genocide and war crimes trial at a U.N. tribunal. Whatever the outcome of the case, Malagic said, Karadzic has already sentenced her to a life of mourning. Malagic testified against Karadzic during his trial at the ICTY. Serb forces killed her husband and two sons in Srebrenica. In 2009, forensic experts found the skeletons of her son Admir, 15, and her husband, Salko, in mass graves. http://bit.ly/1RlSjfz

Dignity for executed political prisoners

IOL News, a portal from South Africa, reported on 23 March that more than 50 years ago, five members of the same family were hanged at Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre by the apartheid regime. They were executed in 1964 after being convicted of the murders of a family of five whites. Their remains are among those of executed political prisoners who will be exhumed and given to their families for a proper burial. They were buried in unmarked graves at Mamelodi West and Rebecca Street cemeteries. A total of 47 other bodies have been exhumed at various stages. “Starting from April 4, the missing persons task team in the NPA will be conducting the exhumations of the remains of these gallant fighters,” said Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Michael Masutha. http://bit.ly/1S7UeUS

The families of conflict victims in Nepal are still waiting for information a decade after peace

The Kathmandu Post reported today that March 24 marks the sixth International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims. In the context of Nepal, truth for victims has been systematically ignored and repressed since the end of the armed conflict a decade ago, particularly for the families of the disappeared. Kidnappings, disappearances, extrajudicial killings, rapes and tortures are far from the political agenda. Nepal’s transitional justice laws and the new Constitution have both failed to criminalize torture and enforced disappearance as a crime against humanity. http://bit.ly/1Rz5YPR

In Argentina, mothers of ‘disappeared’ protest Obama’s marking of 1976 coup

The Guardian reported on 23 March that Argentina’s main human rights groups have announced they will boycott Barack Obama’s visit to the country, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of a military coup that led to the deaths of thousands of people. Martial law was imposed on 24 March 1976, ushering in seven years of military rule during which thousands of persons disappeared. On Wednesday, Obama repeated a pledge to declassify US military and intelligence documents about America’s role in the military dictatorship. But both the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo and the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo have announced they will not be present at the ceremony in the memorial park for victims of the dictatorship. http://bit.ly/1q2w7k6

Vatican prepares to open Argentina ‘dirty war’ archives

Yahoo News reported on 23 March that the Vatican said Wednesday it is well on the way to opening its archives on Argentina’s “Dirty War”, which could bring new evidence to light on the fate of missing victims. The archives contain reports by the Vatican’s ambassadors to Buenos Aires on the stances taken by Argentine bishops in the “dirty war”, as well as political and legal documents and references to the disappeared. The country’s bishops were divided, with many supporting the military over the socialist opposition. Priests have been implicated in the regime’s crimes, including killings, torture and abductions. http://yhoo.it/1XPaBtK

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.