Daily World News Digest, 24 November 2017

Search for the missing continues after Ratko Mladic verdict

Against the backdrop of Ratko Mladic’s conviction at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Matthew Holliday, the head of the International Commission on Missing Persons’ Western Balkans program, has explained that ICMP’s pioneering use of DNA technology has led to the identification of around 70 percent of the 40,000 people who were unaccounted for after the conflicts in former Yugoslavia. Holliday adds that ICMP staff provided expert testimony in more than 30 cases at the ICTY, including the Mladic trial. http://bit.ly/2hNedj5

UN calls on Iraq to probe troop violations during fight with Da’esh

A top UN official has called on the Iraqi government to speed up investigations into allegations of human rights violations committed by security forces during the fight against Da’esh and to make the results public. Agnes Callamard, the UN’s special investigator on extrajudicial executions, has stressed to Iraqi officials “the importance of translating the military defeat over Da’esh into victories for accountability and over impunity”. http://bit.ly/2Aro21r

Myanmar, Bangladesh sign agreement on Rohingya return

Myanmar and Bangladesh have signed an agreement for the return home of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Amnesty International said earlier this week that discrimination against the Rohingya had worsened considerably in the last five years, and that it amounted to “dehumanizing apartheid. Myanmar’s military has repeatedly rejected accusations that atrocities, including rape and extrajudicial killings, are occurring in northern Rakhine, the epicenter of violence the UN has qualified as “textbook ethnic cleansing”. http://bit.ly/2jTT2Ao

China’s disappeared lawyers

Human rights advocates in China are being caught up in what activists say is a brutal government crackdown on dissent which has led to the arrest of dozens of activists, bloggers, feminists, artists and lawyers. By October 2017, some 321 lawyers, rights activists, their family members and staff had been caught up in the crackdown, according to the China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group. http://cnn.it/2A1ygF0

Mass grave of shipwreck victims found in Australia

A 400-year-old communal grave has been discovered on the Abrolhos Islands, off the coast of Western Australia. Scientists believe the people died after the Dutch East India Company ship Batavia was shipwrecked off the coast in 1629. Remains will be sent for DNA testing. http://bit.ly/2A4UIga

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